Taliban leader Mullah Omar on Tuesday dismissed key elections due in Afghanistan next year as "a waste of time". taliban Participation of the Pashtun ethnic group -- from which the Taliban gain most of their support -- is seen as essential to the success of the presidential election, scheduled for April 5.
"As to the deceiving drama under the name of elections 2014, our pious people will not tire themselves out, nor will they participate in it," Omar said. "Participation in such elections is only a waste of time, nothing more."
The reclusive one-eyed supremo issued a lengthy statement via the Internet ahead of Eid celebrations due to begin in Afghanistan on Thursday to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Omar also offered glimmers of hope for peace after 12 years of fighting, saying that the Taliban, who sheltered Al-Qaeda during their harsh rule of Afghanistan from 1996-2001, did not seek a return to absolute power. "(The Taliban) does not think of monopolizing power," he said. "Rather we believe in reaching understanding with the Afghans regarding an Afghan-inclusive government based on Islamic principles." afghanistan polls taliban...