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Pakistan Coaches Taliban On Winning International Recognition

Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi receiving his Pakistan counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi


Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi gave Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers recommendation Thursday on find out how to achieve worldwide recognition, throughout a go to to the neighbouring capital.

The high-level talks got here because the Taliban had been confronted with a brand new disaster simply over 9 weeks into their rule, as an explosion introduced down electrical strains and reduce off energy to the capital Kabul, dwelling to 4.6 million.

The Taliban overthrew Afghanistan’s former US-backed authorities in August and have since been making an attempt to win backing and monetary assist for his or her Islamist regime.

But there has additionally been friction between the neighbours within the first months of the brand new Afghan authorities, notably over air hyperlinks and management of freight crossing the border.

“As a neighbour and as a well wisher and friend, I conveyed to them what sort of steps they could take to enhance their international acceptability,” Mr Qureshi stated after returning to Islamabad.

‘Fair progress’

Mr Qureshi, who was joined by Pakistan’s intelligence chief, stated he met with the Taliban’s performing prime minister Hasan Akhund and most cupboard members throughout his temporary go to to Kabul on Thursday.

They mentioned forming a broader primarily based authorities, respecting girls’s rights and ladies’ want for schooling and clamping down on worldwide terrorist organisations, Mr Qureshi stated.

“If they show fair progress on these issues, the stage for recognition would become easier for them,” he stated at a press convention, including that the “environment is getting better” for recognition.

Shortly earlier than the assembly, the Taliban’s angle to worldwide norms was put beneath much more intense scrutiny when its armed fighters punched and kicked journalists overlaying a girls’s rights protest.

A bunch of round 20 girls was allowed to march via central Kabul for an hour and a half, however a world photojournalist overlaying the occasion was struck by a rifle butt and insulted.

At least two extra journalists had been struck, however there have been no arrests. The girls demanded entry to jobs and schooling, which have been severely curtailed for the reason that Taliban takeover.

Pakistan, one in all solely three international locations that recognised the earlier Taliban regime within the 1990s, is seen as nonetheless wielding appreciable affect over the group because it returns to energy.

Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi known as Mr Qureshi’s go to a “very good interaction” throughout which commerce and reopening of the borders was mentioned.

Lorry a great deal of Afghan fruit had been left to rot on the southern border in Afghanistan’s Spin Boldak in latest weeks, after the 2 nations repeatedly locked horns over Pakistan’s tightening of entry for Afghans.

Mr Qureshi stated a extra liberal visa system for commerce and for Afghans — hundreds of whom cross day by day between the 2 international locations — could be launched.

He added {that a} Taliban delegation would quickly make a follow-up go to to Pakistan.

Humanitarian crises

Pakistan has lengthy confronted US allegations that its intelligence service supported Afghanistan’s Islamist insurgents of their two-decade battle towards NATO forces and the now-deposed Western-backed authorities.

Mr Qureshi is the third overseas minister after these of Qatar and Uzbekistan to go to Afghanistan for the reason that Taliban took energy in mid-August.

On Wednesday the Russian authorities hosted a high-level Taliban delegation and officers from 10 international locations, together with China and Pakistan.

Russia pushed the Taliban for motion towards extremist Islamic State fighters which it says have massed in perennially unstable Afghanistan.

In return, the brand new regime — which is dealing with financial and humanitarian crises inside its borders — urged the worldwide neighborhood to recognise their interim authorities.

“Isolation of Afghanistan is not in the interest of any sides. And this has been proven in the past,” the Taliban Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Salam Hanafi instructed the Moscow convention.

And as night time fell, energy was reduce off to Kabul “and some other provinces” after an explosion introduced down energy strains, the Breshna energy firm stated.

The reason for the blast was not instantly clear, however the Islamic State has been waging a marketing campaign of bomb assaults to undermine the Taliban regime.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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