Pakistan to recognize Taliban government after consultation with regional players: Fawad

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FEDERAL MINISTER FOR INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING, CHAUDHARY FAWAD HUSSAIN BRIEFING TO MEDIA PERSONS ABOUT THE DECISIONS TAKEN IN FEDERAL CABINET MEETING IN ISLAMABAD ON 17th AUGUST 2021.

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Tuesday said Pakistan would take decision about recognizing Taliban government in Afghanistan in consultation with regional and international powers specially China, Turkey and the United States of America. Briefing media about cabinet decisions, he lauded peaceful change in Afghanistan, saying that Pakistan would not take unilateral decision about recognizing Taliban government and was in close contact with global powers in that regard. Pakistan hoped Taliban would not allow the use of their land against Pakistan and any other country, he added. Pakistan remained committed to an inclusive political settlement was the way forward, representative of all Afghan ethnic groups, he said. He said Pakistan firmly believed that Taliban would adhere to respecting and protecting human rights in Afghanistan. The minister Pakistan had earlier asked former President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani to establish a broad based government by including other stake holders in his government. Prime Minister Imran Khan had also urged the former Afghan government to establish an inclusive government in Afghanistan, he added. He said at the very outset of the meeting, the prime minister felicitated the cabinet on completion of three years in government and stressed transforming the country on pattern of state of Madina. The functions of sharing three years performance of the government had been postponed due to Ashura, he added. Fawad said the prime minister had categorically told the cabinet that all stake holders should be consulted for finalizing electoral reforms as the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) was imperative for holding free, fair and transparent and dispute free elections.

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