Pakistan Recognize the Taliban Government if it Sustain its Devotion to Human Rights

September 14, 2021

Before extending recognition to the new Taliban government in Afghanistan, Pakistan is monitoring its ability to deliver on commitments and promises to uphold human rights made to the international community, according to Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US, Asad Majeed Khan. “Whether the Taliban actually follow through on those commitments, it’s up to them,” the Pakistani envoy told The Washington Diplomat in an interview.

When asked under what conditions Pakistan would recognize the Taliban government, he said, “But we have basically laid out our expectations, which are that we want the rights of everyone to be respected.” “We do not want Afghanistan’s territory to be used against any other country, including Pakistan. We want to protect human rights and women’s rights.” At the same time, Ambassador Khan stated that Pakistan believes that “rather than engaging in give-and-take on these issues, what’s really important right now is averting a humanitarian crisis.”

What was most important at the moment was to “basically not let things fall apart,” he said, adding that “clearly, there is a new reality, which is a Taliban-led government.” “The international community must choose between engaging — which does not always imply recognition — and abandonment.” In response to a question about Pakistan-US relations, he stated that since 9/11, Pakistan has essentially been viewed through the lens of Afghanistan.

“I can tell you that in terms of our interests and expectations in Afghanistan, we are now on the same side. The United States wants the conflict to end, as do we. And we would like to see the gains made by Afghanistan over the last few decades preserved.” When asked about the perception in the United States that Pakistan supports extremist groups, Ambassador Khan said the facts needed to be examined more closely.

“Pakistan has been a close partner and ally in decimating Al Qaeda and bringing about the peace talks (on Afghanistan),” he said, adding that it was unfortunate that Pakistan was associated with so much negative news. Concerning India-Pakistan relations, he stated, “Unfortunately, we have an Indian government that is fundamentalist and ideological, that believes in unilateralism, and that has regrettably rebuffed all our peaceful gesture.”

Prime Minister Imran Khan had publicly extended a hand of friendship to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said, noting that the latter had chosen to engage in military adventure. “The situation in [occupied] Kashmir remains dire. Pakistan wishes to resolve all of its disagreements through engagement and dialogue. Our two countries have no other choice but to live in peace.

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