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Taliban Questions Demand for Inclusive Government

Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amir Khan Muttaqi, after the three-day visit to Oslo told TOLOnews’s reporter in a gathering in Kabul that non recognition of the Taliban on the plea of the government being non inclusive is just an excuse.

“(The international community) doesn't have a definition for an inclusive government, nor is there an example ... these are just excuses,” he said.

“As we do not have the officials of the former government in our cabinet, this is the (rule) of the world. After (US President Joe) Biden won the election, did he appoint any officials from the Trump administration?" Muttaqi asked questioning the US in particular.

He has however ignored the fact that there have been instances in the US when representatives of the former government are taken on board. One such example is that of Dr Robert Gates who continued as Defence Secretary of President Barrack Obama even as he had been in the same appointment with the previous administration of George W Bush.

Earlier Taliban Government Spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid in an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News correspondent Abdul Raqeeb Sail published on January 25 highlighted that the Taliban has no intentions of forming an “inclusive,” government of the type desired by some in the international community, are selective in integrating government employees particularly the military and want to revamp the judiciary.

Answering a question on whether the present caretaker government is an inclusive one Mr Mujahid who is nominated as the Taliban’s representative to the United Nation but has not taken over as yet as the body has yet to accept the request of representation by the group, said that the people at large have representatives in the cabinet, there are Uzbeks, Pashtuns, Tajiks and Baloch. Even though the non Pashtuns are represented only in single numbers, Mujahid claimed that this is an inclusive government.

He also stated that the World cannot demand the Taliban to form a particular type of government. “Which country has formed its government in line our choice? Why would we set up a government of their choice? Governments formed elsewhere in the world are not based on America’s choice. Inclusivity and women’s issues have not been the consideration,” he said.

He also said that the Islamic Emirate is not an entity but a network and the Taliban had problems with other groups as these have been tested once and the nation does not have a good experience with their performance thus there is no reason for giving them a second chance.

Mujahid said, “If the groups and factions that have already been tested are included again in the cabinet, it will be divided. The government will run into the same problems we have faced over the last two decades. We are not going to push the country back into crisis just for meeting demands of some individuals”.


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