During the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan in 1996-2001, Iran had controversial relations with the extremist organization.
Afghan refugees on the Iran-Afghanistan border
Iran does not seem happy with the interim government of the Taliban formed in Afghanistan. Iran alleged on Monday that the Taliban’s interim government announced last week in neighboring Afghanistan was not representative of the country’s population. “This is certainly not the inclusive government that the international community and Iran were hoping for,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Said Khatibazadeh said. Speaking at a news conference in Tehran, he said, “We really have to wait and see how the Taliban respond to international demands.”
Iran shares a border of 900 km with Afghanistan. There are currently 3.5 million Afghan refugees living in the country. At the same time, after the return of the Taliban to power, Iran fears that a large population of refugees may re-enter the country. During the Taliban rule in Afghanistan in 1996-2001, Iran had controversial relations with the extremist organization. In fact, Iran never recognized the Taliban government. However, in recent months Tehran has been engaged in increasing reconciliation with the Taliban.
UN concerned over Taliban violence in Afghanistan
Meanwhile, the UN human rights chief said on Monday that the Taliban were breaking their promises about women’s rights and inclusivity in Afghanistan. He also criticized violence against protesters and killings of alleged retaliation. Michelle Bachelet said there was evidence that former members of the Afghan security force were killed. People working in the erstwhile administration have been detained and later their bodies have been recovered. He also underlined that house-to-house searches were being conducted for former officers and violence was being unleashed against protesters and journalists.
Women have not got a place in the interim government
Last week, the Taliban announced an interim government in Afghanistan. Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund has been made the Prime Minister of the country. At the same time, many such Taliban leaders are included in this government, who are included in the wanted list of America and the United Nations. One such name is that of Sirajuddin Haqqani, who heads the Haqqani network. The Haqqani network and al-Qaeda have had close ties. Sirajuddin Haqqani is included in the wanted list of the American intelligence agency FBI. The Taliban had promised to form an inclusive government, while only men have been given place in it.
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