Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaki said on Sunday that the Afghan Taliban is mediating between Pakistan and the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), but no agreement has been reached so far.
in an interview with bbc news urduThe official representing the regime in Kabul said the Afghan Taliban are acting as mediators in Pakistan at the will of both sides.
Muttaki said the two sides have not yet reached an agreement, but the process has had a “good” start, allowing Announcement one month ceasefire
He hoped that this process would not be hampered in future and relations between the government and TTP would improve.
talking to BBCIn what the publication said was her first interview with a female journalist, the Afghan minister said Daesh (the terrorist Islamic State group) was a threat to Afghanistan.
“However, the Taliban government has eliminated it from a large part of the country,” he said.
“Different events can happen anywhere in the world. Previously, 70 percent of Afghanistan was under the control of the Islamic Emirate. Now, the Taliban have purged these areas of Daesh presence,” he said, adding that they were present in areas ruled by the former Kabul government.
He said that Daesh began to emerge in these areas after the Taliban came to power, but the Taliban government took effective steps to control them and limit them to certain areas.
“Some places like mosques have different (terrorist) incidents which can happen anywhere in the world,” he said.
relations with India
Asked about relations with New Delhi, the Afghan official said that Afghanistan does not want conflict with any country, including India.
“We do not want Afghanistan to conflict with any other country or have challenges that could affect our country, so we will continue to work on this issue,” he said.
Asked whether there was any reaction from China or Pakistan on Afghanistan’s close ties with India, Muttaki said recent meetings Held in Moscow.
“When we attended the Moscow conference, representatives of India, Pakistan and many other countries were also present. We had positive talks and hope that we will not oppose any country,” he said.
Women’s rights and education
The Afghan official also dispelled the notion that women were being kept out of different areas.
“Women have 100% inclusion in the health sector. They are also teaching in the education sector. […] They are working in every field where they are needed.”
“We have no such policy that women should be deprived of their rights in any field,” he remarked. He said that the Taliban government has not removed any female officer who worked under the previous government.
“Their salaries as well as education and employment opportunities were not affected,” he said.
However, Muttaki admitted that educational institutions are closed in some areas of Afghanistan, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Educational institutions are not closed in any province. Educational institutions are open across the country,” he said. He said that the schools have been divided into three categories.
“All boys’ schools are open across the country while girls’ schools are open till class six,” he said. The Afghan minister said higher education institutions were open in some provinces, but not all.
So far 75 percent of the schools have been opened, he said, adding that the authorities are making steady progress in this regard.
During the interview, Muttaki said that the Taliban government has met the international community’s demand for an inclusive government, which represents all stakeholders in Afghan society.
Asked what would be the group’s future course of action if the world does not recognize the Taliban, he said the group is moving forward in its relations with the world and hoped that these ties will strengthen in the future.
He claimed that since the Afghan government includes representations from all regions and ethnicities, the world should recognize it.
“The current Afghan government consists of staff and workers from the previous set-up which comes to about 500,000 people. If the world had recognized the previous government as an inclusive government, why didn’t they do the same to us,” he asked.
“If they mean a cabinet representing all regions, then we have a minister from Panjshir. People from Badakhshan, Faryab, Kandahar, Nanghar and Kabul are also present. [in the cabinet], So every country has its own definition of an inclusive government.”
He said the Taliban would continue to make efforts to make the government more inclusive and give people their rights.