Under a deal with the US, the Taliban promised to sever ties with al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups and ensure they would not allow their territory to pose any threat to other countries.
Amir Khan Muttaki, Foreign Minister in the Taliban Government
In the new Taliban government in Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi has said that the government will prevent terrorists from using its territory to attack other countries. This was said at the first press conference held by Amir Khan Muttaki after the Taliban formed an interim government a week ago. Governments around the world and Afghan citizens of the country are now wondering how the Taliban is going to run their government in Afghanistan.
The US and its allies have been pressuring the Taliban not to repeat their strict regime adopted in the 1990s. During that time the Taliban ruled under strict Islamic law. During this time women and minorities had to face harsh restrictions. Muttaki provided little evidence that the Taliban would succumb to international pressure. At the same time, he did not even tell how long the interim government is going to last. Apart from this, whether minorities or women will be given place in it or not.
Said this about holding elections in Afghanistan
Muttaki has said that the government is committed to its promises that it will never allow terrorists to use its territory to attack others. Asked about the possibility of elections, Muttaki demanded that other countries not interfere in Afghanistan’s internal issues. Under a deal with the US last year, the Taliban promised to sever ties with al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups and ensure they would not allow their territory to pose any threat to other countries. When asked about the agreement, Muttaki said, “We will not allow any individual or any group to use our land against any other country.”
Taliban has not formed an inclusive government
Significantly, in the 1990s, the Taliban gave asylum to Al-Qaida and its leader Osama bin Laden during their reign. The Taliban captured Kabul on 15 August and then announced an interim government last week. However, the Taliban is being criticized internationally for the interim government, as it only includes members of the Taliban. Moreover, there is neither representation of women nor minority community in this. While the Taliban had said that it would form an inclusive government.
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