Taliban Interim Cabinet Started working: A New Era in Regional politics

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Twenty years back Twin Towers were attacked in New York USA. Allied troops -USA and 36 nation’s coalition forces NATO-declared war on terror, invaded Afghanistan and removed the Taliban regime from Kabul. After twenty years of war, Taliban retook Kabul. Taliban has announced the oath taking ceremony of newly nominated intern cabinet on Saturday September 11, 2021 to mark the 20th anniversary of nine eleven 2001 incident symbolically. Sources say invitations were sent to 5 countries by the Taliban for the swearing-in ceremony; which includes China, Iran, Turkey, Qatar and Pakistan. The Russian foreign ministry publicized that Russia also received the invitation but it was decided ‘not to witness the event’.

After Russia publicly announced the decision to avoid the oath-taking ceremony; event was cancelled by the Taliban, saying that cabinet members were already working so there was no need for swearing-in of the government members.  In the Qatar office, Taliban spokesman Sohail Shaheen while speaking to the media said, “Such kind of ceremony needs time and formal planning of sending invitations to the international community. We do not have enough time to arrange a mega event in such a short time, so Taliban leadership has decided to cancel the ceremony”, Mr. Shaheen added.  According to media reports, the ceremony was annulled to save coinage as the country is currently reeling under cash scarcity.

Taliban has already announced the caretaker government; Mullah Muhammad Hassan Akhund serves as Prime Minister, while Mullah Ghani Brother and Molvi Abdus Salam to work as Deputy Prime Minister. New interim Afghan PM and his 33- members cabinet has already started working. Surprisingly this 33- member cabinet has no women representation. Mullah Siraj Uddin Haqqni secured the interior minister portfolio in the new Taliban cabinet; a high-profile leader of the insurgent group, a specially designated international terrorist of the radical Haqqani Network.

For the last 4 decades Pakistan has hosted the maximum number of Afghan refugees as compared to any other bordering country. Pakistan being a neighbor to Afghanistan has become the hub of international and regional political activities. No one can deny the role of Pakistan in the Afghan peace process. Different meetings are being held in Islamabad on the Afghan issue. Islamabad has hosted the Intelligence chiefs meeting of regional countries on September 11 including Iran, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan as participants. Sources confirmed that the meeting was chaired by Pakistani intelligence Chief Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed. Afghan security, regional peace and stability were discussed in the meeting. It is important to share that DG ISI Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed visited Kabul last week to meet the Taliban representatives and discuss matters related to safe evacuation of foreign nationals, border management and security in the region.  A high level delegation was also accompanied by General Faiz Hameed. When a journalist asked DG ISI about the future of Afghanistan he replied “don’t worry, everything will be OK”, while the same question was answered by the Pakistan Ambassador to Kabul as “we are working for peace and stability in Afghanistan”.

Due to the ongoing state of affairs, Pakistan is the center of gravity for the international community. On September 8 Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi chaired the Ministerial meeting on the Afghan issue among the neighboring countries of Afghanistan which was held virtually. This meeting was attended by Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Iran and China. In a joint communiqué, participant countries agreed that after the withdrawal of US and NATO forces, now people of Afghanistan have to decide their own fate which should be ‘Afghan-owned, Afghan-led’. There is no military solution to the Afghan issue, inclusive government and political structure with the participation of all segments of society (ethnic groups) is essential for long-lasting peace in Afghanistan. International community and the UN Security Council should take the task of peace, development and reconstruction in Afghanistan. 

A large number of envoys, representatives and foreign ministers of different countries are visiting Pakistan. Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi held talks with Foreign Minister of Italy Luigi Di Maio and Foreign Minister of Spain, Jose Manuel Albares last week. The talks covered the latest developments in Afghanistan and bilateral relations. Foreign Minister Qureshi shared Pakistan’s perspective on the evolving situation in Afghanistan. Stressing the importance of a peaceful and stable Afghanistan for Pakistan and the region, the Foreign Minister highlighted Pakistan’s efforts for regional peace, security and stability. The visiting dignitary appreciated Pakistan’s role in Afghan situation including successful evacuation operations, efforts for regional stability and pledged to play their role for further improvement in diplomatic cooperation with Pakistan at all levels.

In difficult times, the Government of Pakistan has dispatched assistance consisting of medicine and food items to Afghanistan. On immediate basis three C-130 aircrafts were sent to Kabul followed by more supplies via land routes. Pakistan reiterated its commitment to continue the help of Afghan people in the time of crisis. In an official statement it is said that the Government of Pakistan would continue to do its best to help Afghan brethren during the prevalent challenging environment. Pakistan also urges the international community to play its role in helping the people of Afghanistan to avert possible humanitarian crises.  Moreover Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has decided to start its flight operation for Afghanistan from September 13. According to the PIA spokesman all arrangements have been made in this regard. “PIA will use Airbus 320 for this operation”, the spokesman added.

On September 10th CIA chief visited Pakistan, according to the press release issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Mr. William Joseph Burns, Director Central Intelligence Agency, USA called on General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff & Lieutenant General Faiz Hamid, Director General Inter-Services Intelligence.

Experts believe that the CIA chief’s recent visit to Pakistan with special reference to the current uncertain Afghan condition is very significant. Both countries understand the reality that the changing atmosphere of Afghanistan demands bilateral cooperation for mutual benefits. International community is closely observing the new era of Taliban, as they possess a violent and brutal past. World has linked the recognition of the Taliban government with the human rights, women’s rights and freedom of expression conditions in Afghanistan.  Taliban has to prove that they are different from their past otherwise no one will recognize them as true and legitimate representatives of Afghanistan.

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Muhammad Farhan Niazi is a correspondent for Eat News in Pakistan and is an experienced senior producer with a demonstrated history of working in the media production industry. Skilled in feature and news writing, non-linear editing, radio, multimedia journalism, Online journalism, film production, and sound. Strong media and communication professional graduated from University of Peshawar.

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Taliban Interim Cabinet Started working: A New Era in Regional politics

  • Sidra Ali

    Very good report

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