Taliban announces interim government, Afghan Ambassador to UN says it is not inclusive

BP World Bureau | Sep 08 2021 01:03:34 PM
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The Taliban announced its 33-member interim government on Tuesday, and it includes two Haqqanis in the cabinet. 

Sirajuddin Haqqani, the son of anti-Soviet warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani who founded the Pakistan-linked Haqqani Network is a terrorist on the FBI's most-wanted list. He has been named the Interior Minister. His uncle Khalil Haqqani has been named the acting minister for refugees. Both have millions of dollars in bounties on offer.

Their inclusion is being considered clear evidence of Pakistan's involvement in the actions of the Taliban. India is concerned about its new role as the Haqqanis are said to be behind the 2008 bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul. The Haqqani network is known for using suicide bombers and kidnapping Western citizens for ransom.

Taliban leader Sher Abbas Stanikzai, who met India's envoy in the Qatar capital on August 31, has been made Deputy Foreign Minister.

Afghanistan's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Ghulam Isaczai said that the new government is anything but inclusive. He added that the Afghan people will not accept a government that does not include women and minorities.

He tweeted: "17 of the 33 Taliban cabinet members are on the UN sanction list. This includes their interim PM, two Deputy PMs, Interior, Defense, and Foreign Affairs. A UN spokesperson said that the international body "doesn't engage in recognition of governments" and it is for member governments to decide.

Taliban supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada issued a statement saying that they are committed to all international laws, treaties, and commitments not in conflict with Islamic law. He added that all matters of governance and life in Afghanistan will be regulated by the laws of the Holy Sharia.

The US President Joe Biden said that China will try to work out an arrangement with the Taliban. He added that Pakistan, Russia, and Iran are also trying to figure out what do they do now.

The Group of Seven allies has agreed to coordinate their response to the Taliban, and the US has blocked the Taliban's access to Afghanistan's reserves to ensure that the insurgents live up to their pledges to respect women's rights and international law. Most of the access is held by the New York Federal Reserve.