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The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (the Movement of Pakistani Taliban, TTP) has congratulated the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the ruling Taliban jihadi organization) on the first anniversary of the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO troops from Afghanistan, saying it stood "shoulder to shoulder" with the Afghan Taliban in their fight against foreign forces.
"By standing shoulder to shoulder with their Afghan brothers, the mujahideen of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan also rendered historical sacrifices in this blessed freedom and great battle by losing a large number of fidayeen [i.e., suicide bombers] and martyrs. The hardships that had been faced by the Afghan brothers were also suffered by the mujahideen of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan," the TTP said in a Urdu-language statement.
"The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan considers these sacrifices as their religious and Islamic duty and proven its loyalty in this regard. Allah willing, they will prove their loyalty in the future as well," it added.
"Jihad is the sacred duty and action of Islam with which the future, the rise and fall of the Muslim Ummah is connected. If this sacred duty stays alive in the Ummah as a whole, then this Ummah will be freed and victorious and will lead and guide humanity in the right direction," it stated. "And if the Ummah as a whole abandons this blessed duty as is the case today, this Ummah will be humiliated and will be deprived of the blessings of the Islamic system and will lose its freedom," it stated.
"Had the Afghan nation abandoned jihad, which has been abandoned by other Muslim countries, their conditions would have been like the Muslim nations who celebrate freedom and independence, but in reality they have been enslaved," it noted.
A copy of the statement
The TTP said the Afghan nation did not let the flag of jihad fall from their hands and this was the reason they defeated the superpowers – the Soviet Union in the 1980s and the United States today – in Afghanistan. "In the entire Islamic world in particular and in the world of humanity in general, the Afghans are enjoying the true freedom and, except before Allah, their heads have not bowed before anyone [or any] other rule," the statement said.
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), which took control of Afghanistan on August 15, 2021, celebrated the first anniversary of the withdrawal of U.S.-led forces from Afghanistan on August 31 by organizing ceremonies and rallies in which participants carried the Taliban's white flag, illuminating buildings, and setting off fireworks. The last American soldier had left the country on August 31, 2021.
The biggest ceremony was held at Bagram Airbase, addressed by the interim Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund and other Taliban leaders, and attended by foreign diplomats and others.
Source: Twitter, September 1, 2022.
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