Highlights:

  • Pakistan found itself secluded on the global stage this week following an effort to obtain support for the Taliban
  • The senior members of their new cabinet are yet blacklisted by the United Nations
  • Taliban has also written to the UN Secretary-General seeking permission to address the 76th General Assembly in New York this week

Pakistan found itself secluded on the global stage this week following an effort to obtain support for the Taliban, which captured Afghanistan in the last month. Afghanistan’s neighboring country demanded to allow the group a seat at Saturday’s meeting of foreign ministers from the SAARC nation.

As per sources, the SAARC members could not achieve a consensus on Pakistan’s request. Further, it could not give the Taliban guarantees if it could participate in the meet scheduled to take place on the sidelines of the ongoing United Nations General Assembly. On these grounds, the meeting of foreign ministers from eight South Asian countries was called off.

A senior Indian government functionary reported that Pakistan insisted the Taliban attend the meeting. However, no other countries had agreed to this demand. The functionary further noted that the Taliban regime has “no authority”, emphasizing that the group could not, therefore, stake claim to speak on global claims.

The functionary added that Pakistan’s ‘mid-wife’ role in support of the Taliban has left it exposed. The Taliban is not recognized by any other countries as yet. The senior members of their new cabinet are yet blacklisted by the United Nations and on ‘wanted’ lists by the American agencies. Russia and China too did not recognize the group.

According to reports, the Taliban has also written to the UN Secretary-General seeking permission to address the 76th General Assembly in New York this week. Furthermore, they have also nominated Doha-based spokesperson Suhail Shaheen as Afghanistan’s UN ambassador.

UN acceptance of the Taliban will be an important step in the group’s desire for international recognition. Being recognized will help the group to acquire funds that are much needed by the cash-strapped Afghan economy.

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