'Taliban will never be defeated'
The United States is planning to send an additional 21,000 troops to Afghanistan to neutralise the Taliban, but would never achieve its goals, claims a mentor of Taliban chief Mullah Omar.
Amir Sultan Tarar alias 'Colonel Imam' said allied forces would not be able to overpower their enemies in Afghanistan.
He said the military offensive would only aggravate the situation, and therefore the allied forces should initiate talks with the Taliban to resolve the issues.
"You can never win the war in Afghanistan.I have worked with these people since the 1970s and I tell you they will never be defeated. Anyone who has come here, has got stuck. The more you kill, the more they will expand," he said.
Tarar had run a training programme for Afghans during the Soviet Union's invasion between 1979 and 1989, and played a vital role in forming the Taliban, The Times reports.
He claimed to have trained Mullah Omar in the 1980's.
"Omar passed through the camp in 1985.He was a simple man, a small commander leading a maximum of 40 people and didn't have much weaponry," Tarar recalled.
He also lashed out at former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf for siding with the US after the 9/11 incident.
Tarar said Musharraf had severed ties with the Taliban under American pressure.
"You cannot defeat these people, they are well trained, they have a lot of ammunition and the more you kill, the more supporters will come," Tarar recalled telling Musharraf.