The deadline for troops to leave Afghanistan is just days away and the evacuation of people from the country is running out of time.
Taliban spokesperson Dr. Suhail Shaheen told Sky News: “It’s a red line. President Biden announced that on 31st August they would withdraw all their military forces. So if they extend it that means they are extending occupation while there is no need for that.”
“If the US or UK were to seek additional time to continue evacuations – the answer is no. Or there would be consequences,” he continued.
“It will create mistrust between us. If they are intent on continuing the occupation it will provoke a reaction.”
US President Joe Biden is under pressure to extend the deadline for troops to leave Afghanistan to allow more people to be evacuated.
Dr. Shaheen also claimed that Afghans attempting to flee the country are doing so for economic reasons, for a more prosperous life in a western country, rather than from fear of the Taliban.
“They want to reside in Western countries and that is a kind of economic migration because Afghanistan is a poor country and 70% of the people of Afghanistan live under the line of poverty so everyone wants to resettle in Western countries to have a prosperous life. It is not about being scared.”