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New year, same scenario in Afghanistan

Promises by the Taliban leadership – such as electing an official cabinet or women’s rights – remained in rhetoric, while calls from international organizations on the humanitarian crisis continued to go unheeded.

One of the reasons for the dysfunction in the country’s leadership is that the international community still does not recognize the Taliban government, which returned to power in August 2021 after 20 years of US occupation.

Another problem relates to the political incoherence of the administration of the Islamic Emirate, he explained

Analyst Mohammad Zalmai Afghanyar.

The Islamic Emirate should announce its official and permanent cabinet, which will include all Afghans, as soon as possible.

“The quicker action is taken on this matter, the sooner international recognition will come,” he said

University Professor Parwiz Stanikzai.

Last October, Islamic Emirate spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid warned that more time was needed for the formal cabinet to be formed.

It’s a matter that takes time. The constitution has not yet been formed. The Afghans living abroad have not come yet. These are the government’s principles, as long as these criteria are respected, it will return to a normal situation, Mujahid stressed.

International recognition

Despite the little progress in this direction, the interim government continues to demand recognition from the world in the various multilateral platforms.

Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi recently called on the international community to look into the Islamic Emirate.

Undermining the Afghan interim government will harm the entire world. The international community should advocate for a

positive engagement with us, explained Muttaqi.

The minister also urged Afghans abroad to come back and support the current government.

His comments come amid constant internal and external criticism of the country’s deteriorating economic and social situation.

rights of women and girls

Interior Ministry chief Sirajuddin Haqqani reiterated to United Nations Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (Unama) envoy Markus Potzel that a solution would be sought within Sharia (Islamic law) in line with Afghan culture in the event of the rights of women and girls.

Potzel warned that the Taliban’s decision to ban women aid workers would have a negative impact on the international community’s aid.

When the Islamic Emirate came to power, it denied girls with an education higher than sixth grade access to education.

As a result, the Taliban restricted the employment of women, particularly those working in government posts, while last December they banned women from hiring non-governmental organizations.

In a recent press conference, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, described the latest restrictions on women in Afghanistan as alarming and announced this

planned to travel there to discuss the topic with various

Taliban government officials.

Afghanistan is the worst of the worst, and that’s a phrase that should be a reminder to anyone in the world of the north or the world of the south of what thinking about poverty, and I mean repression, can lead to

the women on the street, Türk explained.

The UN representative added that what is happening is unprecedented, so we must act in solidarity with the women’s sector to ensure that this reality is not the norm in the future.

Following these statements, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid refuted Türk’s claims and reiterated – once again – that the Islamic Emirate is making efforts to remedy any shortcomings.