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Taliban Government Is Anything But Inclusive: Afghan Envoy To UN

Mumbai: The government announced by Taliban in Afghanistan is “anything but inclusive”, Afghan envoy to UN Ghulam Isaczai said. Pointing out that the group must “realize that pacification of the country and true peace can only be established if they pursue an inclusive and participatory government” in the war-torn country.

The Taliban on Tuesday (September 7) announced a new government for the country under the leadership of Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund, 2 deputies–Abdul Ghani Bradar, Abdul Salam Hanafi, interior minister Siraj Haqqani, foreign minister Amir Muttaqi.

The Taliban government is dominated by Pashtuns and the country’s major minority groups such as Tajiks, Hazaras, Uzbeks have no major representation. There is also no representation of women in the cabinet, something which is on expected lines.

Speaking at the High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace, Isakzai said, “The Afghan people, especially our youth who know only a free and democratic Afghanistan, will not accept a governance structure that excludes women and minorities, all for terminates constitutional rights, and does not protect past gains.”

Calling the Taliban regime “repressive”, the Afghan envoy highlighted that the group has “removed Afghanistan’s elected government and gained power through violence and is seeking to restore its so-called Islamic Emirate” which is “in violation of the resolution passed by this Assembly less than nine months ago.”

The month of August saw rapid progress by the Taliban, with Kabul falling on 15 August. The pace of progress of the Taliban shocked the international community. This was followed by mass evacuation of people, foreigners and Afghans.

The envoy said, “Taliban may have won the war but have yet to win peace and the hearts of minds of millions of Afghans.”

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