The representatives of armed opposition groups such as Taliban and Hezb-e-Islami are present in the ongoing Loya Jirga (Grand Assembly), the Jirga spokeswoman Safya Seddiqui told reporters.

The armed opposition groups particularly the Taliban had already boycotted the Jirga and threatened for assault.

Seddiqui didn’t disclose the identities of the opposition representatives and said nobody was invited to Jirga representing any political or armed group.

Besides the Taliban and other armed opposition groups, some political opposition parties too boycotted the Jirga and refused to attend.

Their (political opposition) absence will not put negative impacts on the Jirga decisions, she said.

The opposition groups are yet to make comment to the presence of their representatives in Jirga directly or indirectly.

Taliban, Hezb-e-Islami and the government political opposition groups call the Jirga illegal in which the document of Afghanistan‘s dependence to the US is signed.