The only ones who might be surprised by this are in Washington, and they won’t listen anyway. “Afghan Taliban says peace talks ‘don’t signal end to Jihad,'” from ANI, January 12 (thanks to Twostellas):
Islamabad, Jan 12 : Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgents have said that their support for peace talks does not mean a surrender from Jihad, and have vowed to continue their armed struggle.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the militants had been fighting for the past 15 years to establish an Islamic government in Afghanistan “in accordance with the request of its people”.
“It is for this purpose and for bringing about peace and stability in Afghanistan that we have increased our political efforts to come to mutual understanding with the world in order to solve the current ongoing situation,” Mujahid said in an emailed statement.
“But this understanding does not mean a surrender from Jihad and neither is it connected to an acceptance of the constitution of the stooge Kabul administration,” he added….