ISLAMIC IRAN AND ISLAMIC AFGHANISTAN WARN EACH OTHER

 

TEHRAN 27TH SEPT. (IPS) As Iran the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan are sending more troops to their borders in preparation for a possible war, Tehran says the arrest of almost 60 high ranking Taleban officers following the foiling of a military coup against the Taleban leadership shows the "extreme vulnerability of this group".

"Even though that the coup had been crushed, yet the participation of 55 high ranking commanders in the plot is the sign of the deep dissatisfaction of a section of the Taleban's military body from the group's political leaders", the official Tehran Radio said in an authorised commentary.

The radio noted that the military conspiracy has taken place along a political split between mollah Mohammad Omar, the "extremist and fundamentalist" leader and mollah Mohammad Rabbani, the "moderate" one who is "more aware of international political culture".

Although the radio did not mentioned the source of its information about the military coup, but in Peshawar, a newspaper reported Saturday that the Taleban authorities in Afghanistan have arrested 55 persons, including 25 former army officers, for conspiring to topple the government in Kabul.

Quoting "highly informed Taleban sources in Peshawar", The Frontier Post named General Abdul Razaq, General Alauddin and Lt. Gen. Abdul Ali among some of the arrested officers, adding that all the arrested generals had served in the former communist regime of Afghanistan.

But as the Iranian radio that is directly controlled by the ayatollah Ali Khameneh'i described mollah Mohammad Rabbani as a "moderate" and promised that after the foiled coup, the people of Afghanistan will stand up to the criminal Taleban, mollah Mohammad warned the Iranian clerical leadership against any "temptation" of attacking Afghanistan.

As Iran is preparing a second military manoeuvre in its borders with Afghanistan that will include 200.000 soldiers and the latest weaponry in its arsenal, the Taleban send 4000 thousands fresh troops, following a "recommendation" made by 2000 of their ulemas, or religious leaders who met last week in Kabul.

Relations between Tehran with both Kabul and Islamabad took a nosedive after 10 Iranian diplomats and one journalist were killed in Mazare Sharif when the city was captured by the Taleban more than a month ago.

Tehran is accusing the Taleban to have killed the diplomats in cold blood and urges that the Taleban should offer formal apology and hand over to the Iranians the murderers of the diplomats.

Iran also accuses Pakistan of direct involvement in Afghanistan and criticises it for not having protected the diplomats as it had promised to do so.

Taleban charges that the killed men were not diplomats but spies and intelligence officers in the first place and refuses adamantly to present excuses to the Iranians, noting instead that the Iranians must apologise for the arms and finances they send to the enemies of Afghan people. ENDS 2799822