Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, on Saturday, said that he 'initiated a dialogue' with the Taliban for an inclusive Afghanistan government that will have Tajiks, Hazaras and Uzbeks. This comes a day after the SCO members sought representation for all ethnic, religious and political groups in the new dispensation.
The Taliban overran the Afghan government and took control of Kabul on August 15, 2021. In their press conference, they promised an "inclusive" government that represents Afghanistan's complex ethnic makeup. However, there is no Hazara member and woman in the interim 33-member Cabinet.
In a Twitter post, Imran Khan said: "After mtgs (meetings) 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".
However, details of the 'dialogue' were not shared by him or other officials.
In the following tweet, the Pakistan PM said that inclusivity will ensure peace in Afghanistan after 40 years of conflict.
Addressing the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit on Friday, he said: "The Taliban must fulfil the pledges made, above all for an inclusive political structure where all ethnic groups are represented. This is vital for Afghanistan’s stability".
He further added that while ensuring that Afghanistan doesn't become a safe haven for terrorists, it was important to respect their rights.
The SCO leaders, in a joint declaration issued at the end of the annual Summit of the bloc in Tajikistan on Friday, voiced support for an independent, democratic and peaceful Afghanistan, free of terrorism, war and drugs.
The interim government of the Taliban has failed to win recognition of the world.
It is believed that Pakistan enjoys clout over the Taliban and played a key role in their peace talks with the US that resulted in the Doha agreement of 2020.