Pakistan Says It Will Not Recognize Taliban without ‘International Consensus’

Pakistan stated that it would not recognize the Taliban administration in Afghanistan absent international consensus at a time when the world’s patience for the group is dwindling.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the Foreign Minister of Pakistan, stated on Friday, November 18, that his country would not take a “solo flight” in formally recognizing the Taliban administration in Afghanistan, without an international consensus.

The Pakistani foreign minister stated, “As far as their [the Taliban’s] official recognition is concerned, Pakistan would not want to take a solo flight and would rather pursue this process with international consensus.”

To help avert a humanitarian crisis in poverty-stricken Afghanistan, the Pakistani government continues to support continued international engagement with the Taliban, according to Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, speaking to media in Islamabad.

Zardari urged the Taliban authorities in Kabul to uphold their commitments to Afghans and the international community that they would combat international terrorism and respect all Afghans’ human rights, including allowing women access to education.

“The world is running out of patience [with the Taliban],” Zardari warned. “But despite these challenges, we appeal and insist on sustaining engagement.”

After retaking power in Afghanistan, the Taliban placed stringent restrictions on women’s rights, forbidding them from working in most government offices, closing secondary and high schools for girls, and other measures that severely restrict women’s freedom of movement.

In the most recent instance, the Taliban Ministry of Propagation of Virtue and Prohibition of Vice banned women from sports clubs, public baths, and parks, sparking outrage among the people.

Albeit some countries, including Pakistan and Russia, have their diplomatic missions open in Kabul, the Afghan capital, no country has formally recognized the all-male government of the Taliban due to terrorism concerns and human rights violations of the group.

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Source: The Khaama Press News Agency

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