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Former Afghan leaders warn Taliban non-inclusive government won’t be successful

Soldiers pass time at an Afghan National Army base in Arghandab District, Afghanistan, Tuesday, May 4, 2021. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
August 22, 2021

A delegation of erstwhile Afghan leaders and officials have warned the Taliban that if they fail to form a non-inclusive government, they won’t be able to govern successfully and the country will return to the post-1996 situation once again. “The new government will only succeed if all stakeholders are made part of it,” speaker Wolesi Jirga Mir Rehman Rehmani told reporters on Thursday.

The delegation of Afghan leaders, including Mir Rehman Rehmani, Salahud din Rabbani and former Afghan vice-president Mohammad Yunus Qanooni, among others, met top civil and military leadership including Prime Minister Imran Khan, foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, and chief of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt. General Faiz Hameed, they visited Pakistan on Thursday and later interacted with the press.

Former Afghan vice-president, Mohammad Younis Qanooni, reiterated Rehmani’s words, insisting that the future government in Afghanistan should be inclusive, with the participation of all ethnic groups. “We oppose a rule by one party or group,” he said. Another Afghan politician, Khalid Noor, cautioned the militant group that if they do not respect the rights of people their rule will not survive for long.

The Taliban have been holding talks with former Afghan President Hamid Karzai and chief peace envoy Abdullah Abdullah since Wednesday, after taking control of Kabul on August 15. So far, the senior Taliban leaders have assured the international community and the stakeholders of the erstwhile government that the new regime will be much more inclusive than the older one.

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