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‘Don’t fear, all the things shall be okay’: Pakistan’s ISI chief on Taliban-ruled Afghanistan’s future

Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed can be anticipated to debate points regarding safety, economic system and different issues with the Taliban management

ISI chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed in Kabul. Image credit score: @TajudenSoroush/Twitter

Pakistan’s highly effective intelligence chief Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed, who dashed to Kabul on an unannounced go to amidst efforts by the Taliban to finalise a authorities in Afghanistan, on Saturday expressed confidence that “everything will be okay” within the war-weary nation.

A delegation of senior Pakistani officers led by Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Lieutenant General Hameed arrived in Kabul to conduct discussions with the incoming Taliban authorities, the Pakistan Observer newspaper reported.

In a brief video clip circulated within the media, Hameed is seen attempting to answer questions by a journalist who first requested: Will you be assembly senior folks within the Taliban?

“No, I’m not clear,” the ISI chief stated and regarded in direction of Pakistan ambassador to Kabul Mansour Ahmad Khan, who was standing by his facet, to answer the query.

But earlier than Khan stated something, the journalist posed one other query.

“What do you hope goes to occur now in Afghanistan?” he was requested.

“I have just landed,” Hameed stated and as soon as once more regarded in direction of Khan who quipped: “We are working for peace and stability in Afghanistan.”

At this Hameed smiled and stated: “Don’t worry, everything will be okay.”

Hameed’s go to to Afghanistan comes as strain is mounting on the Taliban to type an inclusive authorities acceptable to the worldwide group.

Earlier, Pakistan Observer newspaper reported that the ISI chief was anticipated to satisfy the Taliban leaders and commanders.

Issues regarding Pak-Afghan safety, economic system, and different issues shall be taken up with the Taliban management, the report stated, quoting sources.

It is the primary high-level go to of any Pakistani official to Afghanistan for the reason that Taliban took over of Kabul on 15 August, in a transfer that stunned each their foes and pals.

Since then, the Taliban have been attempting to type a authorities however up to now have held again the announcement.

The Taliban have postponed the formation of a brand new authorities in Afghanistan for subsequent week, their spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid stated on Saturday, because the rebel group struggles to offer form to a broad-based and inclusive administration acceptable to the worldwide group.

This is the second time that the Taliban have delayed the formation of the brand new authorities in Kabul since their toppling of the United States-backed Afghanistan authorities. The rebel group was anticipated to announce the formation of the brand new authorities led by its co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar on Friday, however later postponed it by a day to Saturday.

According to the Express Tribune, Hameed may even meet Pakistan’s envoy in Kabul to debate the matter of repatriation and transit via Pakistan of overseas nationals and Afghans fleeing Taliban rule.

“The problem of pending requests from nations and worldwide organisations for the repatriation/transit via Pakistan and the necessity to decide the mechanism via which Pakistan might enable these, in coordination with the bottom authorities in Afghanistan shall be mentioned through the assembly with the Taliban officers, it stated, quoting sources.

The intelligence chief will spend a day within the Afghan capital, the Geo News reported.

Border administration is one other necessary problem that may come below dialogue through the go to of Hameed, it stated.
Pakistan was typically accused by the Afghanistan authorities of giving the Taliban navy assist, a cost denied by Islamabad.

Hameed’s go to to Kabul got here as Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa met with British overseas secretary Dominic Raab earlier within the day and stated that Pakistan will help within the formation of an inclusive administration in Afghanistan.

Raab arrived in Islamabad on Thursday evening to satisfy prime Pakistani management and focus on the Afghanistan scenario.

With inputs from PTI

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