Pakistan made Taliban return in Afghanistan, but now worrying, Imran said - there may be a 'civil war'

Pakistan made Taliban return in Afghanistan, but now worrying, Imran said - there may be a 'civil war'

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned of the risk of civil war in Afghanistan. He said that this will happen when the Taliban is unable to form an inclusive government there. Imran Khan said in an interview to the BBC that if he does not have an inclusive government, then gradually the country is moving towards civil war. If they don't include all the groups, it may happen soon. This will also affect Pakistan.

Imran said that if a civil war breaks out, his country is primarily concerned about the possibility of a humanitarian and refugee crisis. At the same time, Afghan soil is likely to be used by armed groups fighting the Pakistani government. This, he said, would mean an unstable and chaotic Afghanistan. Imran said, Afghanistan will become an ideal place for terror, because if there is no control and fighting is going on there, then it is a matter of concern. Therefore terrorism will flourish on the soil of Afghanistan. At the same time, if there is a humanitarian crisis or a civil war, a refugee issue will arise for us.

No one has right to talk to form inclusive government: Taliban

The Taliban has also rejected Imran's request for a change in the current interim Afghan government. Taliban leader Mohammad Mobin said the extremist organization does not give anyone the right to talk to form an inclusive government. He said, we have got freedom. Like Pakistan, we reserve the right to have our own system. On Monday, Taliban deputy information minister Zabihullah Mujahid said the group would address international human rights concerns once it is formally recognized by countries.

Imran has started talks with Taliban

Last week, Imran Khan said he had started talks with the Taliban for an inclusive government in Kabul that would include people from the Tajik, Hazara and Uzbek communities. A day earlier, member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) said it was important to have an inclusive government in the war-torn country, with representatives from all ethnic, religious and political groups. The Taliban, which took control of Afghanistan in August, promised an "inclusive" government that represented Afghanistan's complex ethnic composition. But there is neither a member of the Hazara community nor a woman in the 33-member interim cabinet.

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Russia hosts Afghan talks, calls for inclusive government

Russia hosts Afghan talks, calls for inclusive government

Moscow: Russia on Wednesday hosted talks on the Afghanistan issue, which were attended by senior representatives from the Taliban and neighboring countries. The talks reflect Russia's diplomatic influence on the issue.

Initiating the talks, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that lasting peace in Afghanistan requires the formation of a truly inclusive government that reflects the interests of all ethnic groups and political parties in the country.

Russia designated the Taliban a terrorist organization in 2003, but despite this it worked for years to establish contacts with the group. Contact with any such group is punishable under Russian law, but the Russian Foreign Ministry, responding to questions about the contradiction on the issue, said it was necessary to talk to the Taliban to help bring stability to Afghanistan.

Unlike other countries, Russia has not vacated its embassy in Kabul since the Taliban took over Afghanistan in August, and since then its ambassadors have been meeting representatives of the Taliban. In his opening address at the conference, Lavrov commended the Taliban for their efforts to stabilize the situation in Afghanistan and ensure the functioning of government institutions.

He also stressed the importance of respecting human rights in Afghanistan. "The meeting is very important for the stability of the entire country," said Abdul Salam Hanafi, deputy prime minister of the Taliban's interim government, who attended Wednesday's talks.

Lavrov said that Russia would soon send a consignment of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. He urged the international community to immediately deploy its resources to prevent a humanitarian crisis from erupting in Afghanistan. The erstwhile Soviet Union had fought a war in Afghanistan for 10 years, which ended in 1989 with the withdrawal of Russian troops.

Moscow has returned in recent years as a strong mediator in international dialogue on the Afghanistan issue, hosting talks with Taliban representatives and other parties. Representatives of the Taliban and other factions in Afghanistan, as well as representatives from China, India, Pakistan, Iran and the erstwhile Soviet Union nations attended the 'Moscow Format' meeting.

Before Wednesday's meeting, there was another meeting earlier this week in which diplomats from Russia, China and Pakistan attended. The US did not attend the meeting. Russian President Vladimir Putin said last week that it was in no hurry to recognize the Taliban as Afghanistan's new ruler. He, however, emphasized the need to hold talks with the organisation.

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