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Ex-Taliban commander says group takes orders from Pak

Kabul : Former Taliban commander Faridoon Hanafi, who recently joined the peace process, has said the group takes orders from Pakistan, which mobilizes and equips the militant outfit.

“I have seen with my own eyes that Taliban gets its orders from Pakistan and even Punjabis admired me many times for my hard work and gave me money,” Tolo news quoted Hanafi as saying.

Hanafi said he regrets fighting against the Afghan Government for six years.

“When I transferred to Nangarhar I saw that all Pakistan’s words are lies and they want to destroy my country and my home and I find out that they are wrong, so I decided to support government programs and I stopped fighting and I joined the peace process,” he added.

Hanafi revealed that he has two brothers, both of whom were in the Afghan forces. One of his brothers died while battling Taliban.

He later called on other Taliban fighters to lay down their arms and join the peace process and take part in Afghanistan’s reconstruction process. (ANI)