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Taliban Continues to Build an Army with Islamic Values


Afghan Bakhtar News reported that six hundred and fifty Mujhaideen graduated from 207 Al-Farooq Army Corps training center on September 21 during a special ceremony after undergoing three months of military training.


The graduation ceremony was attended by Mufti Latifullah Hakimi, the Ministry of National Defense’s chief inspector, Sheikh Mawlawi Noor Ahmad Islam Jar, the governor of Herat, and Mawlavi Nasrullah Mati, the commander of the army corps.


The recruitment and training is as per the instructions of Mawlavi Mohammad Yaqoob “Mujahid” acting Ministry of National Defense. Having an organized, professional and independent army in the country was one of the goals of the Islamic Emirate Government and the aspiration of the religious people of Afghanistan which is being realised through training and induction.


Afghan youth who want to join the queues of the Islamic Army must be bound to protect all the Islamic and national values of their land as per the Ministry which has entrusted the necessary instructions to all the Army Corps, Brigades, Battalions & units to serve better and establish discipline in the Islamic Army. Three months training however may be too short to discipline the recruits.


Chief of the Army Staff of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Qari Fasihuddin Fitrat has been claiming that an army of 150,000 is already in being and that the strength is expected to increase to 200,000.


At the same time Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has established more than 100 security outposts alongside the Durand Line in the eastern parts of the country. The nearly 2,600-kilometer Durand Line is disputed by Afghanistan as it claims that Pakistan inherited the international border after gaining independence from Britain in 1947.


Pakistan has constructed a fence near the Durand line to prevent infiltration of terrorists from Afghanistan while Taliban is now constructing border outposts on the Line which is likely to lead to clashes with the Pakistani forces.


Recently Taliban built a border post on Pakistani soil at the Torkham border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan.


The Taliban opened fire when challenged by Pakistani security forces. Pakistan closed the border crossing after the gun battle between frontier guards. The border reopened to pedestrians and vehicles after more than a week.


While a coordinated approach in management of the border is advisable, the two countries are having contentious issues that is unlikely to lead to an understanding.

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