Afghans, Taliban hold dialogue in Doha, violence stays high in Afghanistan

Afghan defence ministry claims to have killed 206 Taliban fighters and retaken two districts

By: News Desk      Published: 08:28 PM, 11 Jul, 2021
Afghans, Taliban hold dialogue in Doha, violence stays high in Afghanistan
US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad says military takeover is no solution to Afghanistan problem.–File Photo

Afghan defence ministry claimed to have killed 206 Taliban fighters and retaken two districts while the local media reported that militants took over four districts in recent advancement in Afghanistan, 24 News TV Channel reported on Sunday.

Reportedly, the Australian forces have finished the withdrawal from the war-torn state.

The dialogue between the Afghan authorities and the Taliban in Doha city of Qatar took up future constitution, ceasefire and political roadmap in Afghanistan

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad is surprised at surge in violence because of resurgence of militancy and said military takeover is no solution to Afghanistan problem. Meanwhile, scores of citizens took to the streets raising the demand for ceasefire in Afghanistan.

In Afghanistan, reports pointed to Taliban's advancement and capturing four districts including two of Kandahar province while the Afghan authorities claimed to have retake two districts in part of war-torn state.

The resurgence of Taliban has been on following the announcement of American troops' withdrawal by President Joe Biden in April. "After consulting closely with allies, all the persons concerned including Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, I concludes that it's time to end America's longest war and it is time for American troops to return home," US President Joe Biden said as he announced the drawdown of all troops beginning from May 1 and concluding by September 11 –  the 20th anniversary of the war.