Talks underway with Taliban to include Tajiks, Hazaras, Uzbeks in new Afghan Govt: Pak PM

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Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has said he has initiated dialogue with the Taliban group to include Tajiks, Hazaras, and Uzbeks in the new government established in Afghanistan.

Khan informed regarding the launch of the talks with Taliban following a meeting with the leaders of the neighboring countries of Afghanistan in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan.

“After mtgs in Dushanbe with leaders of Afghanistan’s neighbours & especially a lengthy discussion with Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon, I have initiated a dialogue with the Taliban for an inclusive Afghan govt to include Tajiks, Hazaras & Uzbeks,” the Pakistani PM tweeted.

He also added “After 40 years of conflict, this inclusivity will ensure peace & a stable Afghanistan, which is in the interest not only of Afghanistan but the region as well.”

This comes as the Taliban group announced a new caretaker government earlier this month, almost three weeks after capturing Kabul city.

Led by Hassan Akhund, the former minister of foreign affairs of Taliban, the group announced that Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and Abdul Salam Hanafi have been appointed as deputy chief ministers of the group.

The Pakistani PM made the announcement amid concerns that the international community would not recognize the new government led mainly Taliban figures.

However, the Taliban group has said the new caretaker government was announced as a temporary measure to respond to urgent needs of governance and fill the power vacuum in the country.

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