Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan fears a civil war in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. He warned that if it is not possible to form a government with everyone in the country, this situation may arise soon. He made the remarks in an interview with the BBC on Tuesday.
On August 15, the Taliban captured the Afghan capital, Kabul. They then formed an interim government earlier this month. Although the government has leaders on the Taliban’s controversial and terrorist list, it does not have a representative of Afghanistan’s ethnic minorities. Besides, there is no woman in the cabinet of this government. That is why the Taliban is being criticized.
According to Qatar-based Al Jazeera, referring to the Taliban government, Imran Khan said that if it was not possible to form a government in Afghanistan with everyone, the situation there could turn into a civil war. It will also affect Pakistan.
Imran Khan said that if civil war breaks out in Afghanistan, there will be a humanitarian and refugee crisis. In addition, the soil of Afghanistan will be used by various terrorist groups. Pakistan’s concern is with these. Because his government has to deal with these terrorist groups. He added that this could lead to an unstable and chaotic situation in Afghanistan.
“If there is no control or conflict, Afghanistan will be a good place for terrorists,” he said. And that is a matter of concern for us. Second, if there is a humanitarian crisis or a civil war, it will bring a refugee crisis for us.
Meanwhile, the Taliban has already rejected the idea of forming a Imran Khan government with the participation of all. Taliban leader Mohammad Mobin has previously said that no one has the authority to call for such a government. “Like Pakistan, we have gained independence,” he told Afghanistan’s Ariana TV on Tuesday. We have the right to build our own system.
Meanwhile, the country’s Deputy Information Minister Jabiullah Mujahid spoke about the recognition of the current Afghan government. He said the government’s recognition in the international arena would only address human rights concerns in Afghanistan.
Earlier, the Taliban was in power in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. At that time, Pakistan was one of the few countries that recognized them. However, this time after the formation of the Taliban government, the country has not followed the previous path.
They have not yet recognized the new Taliban government. Pakistani leaders believe a regional consensus is needed to recognize the Taliban.