Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan urges Taliban to form inclusive government – News


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Prime Minister Imran Khan took the lead after meetings with leaders of Afghanistan’s neighboring countries

The Pakistani prime minister said he “entered into a dialogue” with the Taliban to urge them to form an inclusive government that would guarantee peace and stability not only in Afghanistan but also in the region.

Imran Khan tweeted on Saturday that he had taken the initiative after meeting this week in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, with leaders of countries neighboring Afghanistan.

The Taliban last week announced an all-male interim government that does not include any women or members of Afghan minorities, contrary to their earlier commitments to inclusiveness. They have since also acted to restrict women’s rights, recalling their harsh rule when they were in power in the 1990s.

Khan says he had detailed discussions with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting in Dushanbe. The economic and security group is made up of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan.

“After meetings in Dushanbe with the leaders of Afghanistan’s neighbors and especially a long discussion with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, I began a dialogue with the Taliban for an inclusive Afghan government including the Tajiks, Hazaras and Uzbeks “Khan said in the tweet.

He said: “After 40 years of conflict, this inclusiveness will ensure peace and a stable Afghanistan, which is in the interest not only of Afghanistan but also of the region.”

Khan did not say what form his dialogue would take or develop his plans.



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