Imran Khan Lobbies For Taliban’s Recognition, Asks The World To Recognize Them Before Asking For Human Rights
Imran Khan, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, said that the Taliban would not respect human rights, including women’s rights to education unless the world recognizes them.
In an interview with Britain’s Channel 4 News on Thursday, Imran Khan, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, lobbed for the Taliban’s recognition and asked the world to recognize them before asking for human rights.
Imran khan said that the Taliban would not respond to the world’s demands to respect human rights, including reversing bans on women’s education and work, unless the international community recognizes their government.
“If you isolate them [Taliban], what influence are you going to have on them? If you mainstream and let them have a state, then talk about human rights. Right now, you push them on isolation; their money is frozen, so why would they listen to anyone?” he said.
He advised the Western countries that the Taliban should be part of the international community and then discuss human rights, women’s rights and girls’ education.
“My advice is to get them involved, give them a stake in the international community so that when you tell them to have girls educated, they will listen to you; right now, they are not,” he stated.
This is not the first time Imran Khan asked the international community to recognize the Taliban. Last year on February 15, he also asked the world to do so.
However, when he was asked about Pakistan’s position on the recognition of the Taliban, he said, “If Pakistan is the first to grant recognition, the international pressure will become too much for us as we try to turn our economy around,” said Imran Khan in an interview with French media outlet Le Figaro.
He also said that Pakistan would be isolated if it recognized the Taliban regime, “To be isolated by becoming the only state to recognize the Taliban regime would be the last thing we would want,” he added.
However, the condition for recognition of the Taliban regime is mentioned by the world community, as they reiterated “an inclusive government in Afghanistan”, respecting “human rights”, including “women’s rights”, and rights to education and work.
Imran Khan’s remarks came amid the human rights crisis in Afghanistan, including a ban on women’s education since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan.
However, the Taliban consistently reiterated their position. They said that their current policies about human rights and women’s rights are in accordance with the “Islamic Sharia” and described the international demands to respect human rights as “interference in the domestic affairs of Afghanistan.”
Moreover, the group also stressed that “religion” was more important than national interests and the progress of Afghanistan for the Taliban, said acting minister of Higher education, Neda Mohammad Nadeem.
While no country has recognized the Taliban regime, some countries handed over the diplomatic mission to the Taliban, including Pakistan, Iran, China, Qatar, and Turkey.
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