Taliban, Afghan leaders ‘hopeful’ of forming inclusive govt, says Pakistan’s envoy

Pakistan Ambassador to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmed Khan
Pakistan Ambassador to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmed Khan

KABUL: Terming the formation of an inclusive authorities in Afghanistan a “difficult and complex” course of, Pakistan envoy to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmed Khan Friday mentioned that the Taliban and the nation’s political management have been hopeful of reaching a consensus on it.

Speaking to Geo News from Kabul, Mansoor Ahmed mentioned engagement with the Afghan Taliban was ongoing below the peace course of for the final two years and the prime concern of the worldwide group is that solely an inclusive authorities can guarantee lasting peace within the war-torn nation.

Since the Ashraf Ghani authorities was ousted and the Taliban took over, efforts are being made and consultations are underway between the Taliban and Afghan leaders, together with former president Hamid Karzai, Dr Abdulla Abdullah and Gulbadin Hekmatyar for the formation of an inclusive authorities, he added.

When requested whether or not he was hopeful of the institution of an inclusive authorities in Afghanistan, he mentioned, “I have talked to both sides and my feedback is that they are hopeful of moving closer to that objective in the next few days and we are also hopeful that both parties will try to achieve it, but that will be a difficult and complex process.”

Sharing his evaluation in regards to the hurdles, the Pakistani envoy mentioned it’s tough as a result of there are complicated ethnic dimensions in Afghanistan, whereas the Taliban name themselves consultant of Pashtuns, there are non-Pashtun teams as nicely.

“And when we talk about an inclusive government through political settlement, a major issue is what sort of constitution is acceptable. Both sides have different opinions. Human rights is also an important issue that remains to be discussed and the inclusivity element is also needed to be addressed.”

Mansoor Ahmed Khan, who had met the Afghan leaders over the last few days after the Taliban takeover, said he calls it a complex process because bringing all these forces at one point is difficult.

He was also asked about whether the Taliban are showing flexibility in the talks.

To this he said, “the negotiations held with Taliban in the last two years are very clear and the international community’s aspirations were conveyed to the Tailban that an inclusive political setup which has rule of law which also respects human rights, women’s rights and according to the wishes of the people of Afghanistan will be acceptable to the world.”

The envoy mentioned, in his understanding, the Taliban now realise that the issues have been raised after the unique authorities they established within the 1990s.


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