Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is engaged in developing a consensus for the Taliban to recognize the new caretaker government of the “Islamic Emirate” in Afghanistan.
Speaking to CNN in the first interview with an international news organization since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan last month, Imran Khan said the best way for peace and stability in Afghanistan is to engage with the Taliban and encourage them on such issues. in which women’s rights and inclusive government can get a place.
Imran Khan said, “The Taliban have occupied the whole of Afghanistan and if they can now work towards an inclusive government, bring all the factions together, then there can be peace in Afghanistan after 40 years. But if it goes wrong and we’re really worried about it, it can turn into chaos, leading to the biggest humanitarian crisis and a huge refugee problem.”
Khan said, “It is wrong to think that someone from outside will give rights to Afghan women. Afghan women are strong. Give them time. They will get their rights. Women should have the ability to fulfill their potential in life in society.”
Since taking power, the group has attempted to paint a new picture with respect to human rights, especially women and girls, and with the promise of allowing journalists to continue their work. However, women have not been given a place in the harsh interim government of the Taliban. In some areas, they have been ordered to stay at home and their education has been restricted.
Imran Khan said, “No puppet government in Afghanistan is supported by the people. So instead of sitting here thinking that we can control them, we should encourage them. Because Afghanistan, this current government, clearly feels it.” That without international aid and help, they will not be able to stop this crisis. So we must steer them in the right direction.