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Taliban trap: They believe they will show their true face if they reach an agreement to form a government

In front of the Taliban flag, Taliban spokesman Jabihullah Mujahid spoke at his first press conference on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, in Kabul, Afghanistan.  For many years, he was a shadow man who issued statements on behalf of Mujahideen militants.  The Mujahideen on Tuesday promised that the Taliban would respect the rights of women, forgive those who oppose them, and ensure a secure Afghanistan, an advertising split aimed at convincing the world powers and a frightening population that they have changed.  (AB Photo / Rahmat Gul)
In front of the Taliban flag, Taliban spokesman Jabihullah Mujahid spoke at his first press conference on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, in Kabul, Afghanistan. For many years, he was a shadow man who issued statements on behalf of Mujahideen militants. The Mujahideen on Tuesday promised that the Taliban would respect the rights of women, forgive those who oppose them, and ensure a secure Afghanistan, an advertising split aimed at convincing the world powers and a frightening population that they have changed. (AB Photo / Rahmat Gul)

The Taliban sought to strike a deal with former Afghan officials Establishing a government that can gain international recognition, maintaining the flow of aid to the country and restoring access to billions of dollars in international reserves.

Taliban leaders have A dozen encounters Including some former Afghan officials remaining in Kabul last week Former President Hamid Karzai; Contact Abdullah, Former chairman of the National Reconciliation Council; And Gulbuddin HogmatyarThe former warrior became a politician. Meetings are held at the Presidential Palace, former government offices, and private venues.

To the Taliban, A political settlement committee can prevent it from becoming an international paradigm again, Which will push one of the poorest countries in the world into further poverty. To former Afghan leaders, An agreement would give them a share of the power in the new government From Afghanistan.

A Taliban spokesman told a news conference at the former Afghan government’s media center that it was now decorated with white Taliban flags. Jabihullah Mujahid The meeting with former Afghan officials was an attempt Get “his advice on the future government”, So Afghanistan can “Create a responsible government that serves the country and unites all”.

Said a former Afghan senior official who attended several meetings Taliban leaders said they “want a shared government.”.

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They say: ‘You cannot control the country without your help’“The media has no authority to speak,” said a former official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“But yes, The main thing is moneyThe officer said. “The Taliban are afraid of two things: pressure from the international community“Referrals, reduction of international aid and inability to trade,” he said.And resistance”.

A poster with a picture of former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul on Thursday.  EFE / EPA / STRINGER
A poster with a picture of former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul on Thursday. EFE / EPA / STRINGER

Most countries say they would like to see an official transfer of power before approving a new government In Afghanistan; OthersLike Russia and China, Suggest that their decision can be based on maintaining regional stability.

President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, Described as a Taliban military coup A “truth” to be accepted To avoid the decay of the country. G-7 leaders -As long as the president Joe Biden– He said that The Taliban’s approach to human rights will be taken into account When determining formal recognition.

We will judge the actions of the Afghan parties, not their wordsThe joint statement from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, France, Germany and Italy said.

Recognition by the international community will lead to this Release billions of dollars in reserves They are now inaccessible to the Taliban. Biden’s government froze Afghan government reserves Two days after the sudden capture of Kabul by the Taliban, The move was followed by the International Monetary Fund.

If conversations with his former adversaries continue, The Taliban seem to be pushing for a return to normalcy in Kabul. Transportation has returned to city streets and many businesses are open, but most banks have been closed as U.S. reserves have been frozen. The closures almost paralyzed the country’s economy, Combined with cuts in international aid, the risk is almost sinking In three more months, 4 million Afghans will be below the poverty line, According to an estimate World Bank See through Washington Post.

EFE / EPA / AKHTER GUFFAM
EFE / EPA / AKHTER GUFFAM

At a press conference on Tuesday, Mujahid Foreign embassies called for resumption of their work in the country, stressing the need to continue international assistance Called for a halt to mass evictions Carried out by the United States.

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The United States should not encourage the Afghan people to leave the country, our competent people, our engineers, our doctors and experts and those who are educated here, our country needs them.. They should not be taken abroad, ”he said. “Those expelled from Afghanistan are treated as ordinary workers instead of working in their specialties“, He warned.

U.S. emissions have reached the highest daily number since surgery began on Tuesday 21,600 people were deported. Pentagon spokesman, John KirbyOfficials said Tuesday that it was planned Continue This week, and the Major General of the Army Hong Taylor, At the Pentagon, said Wednesday Total number of evictees “approximately 88,000”.

சாயாமாய்Thousands camped in Afghanistan outside Kabul International Airport. I waited for the flight for several days Taliban fighters leaving with their seven children and guarding one of the main gates call on the crowd to return home and stay in Afghanistan.

“But they did not tell us why, they did not give us a reason,” They beat us“He said on Wednesday that he described what happened a few hours before accessing the gates to check if his name was on the list of people allowed to leave. Fearing retaliation, she asked to be identified only by her first name.

Taliban member outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 2021. Buyers / Stringer
Taliban member outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 2021. Buyers / Stringer

Naimatullah BaraksaiThe 30-year-old decided not to leave Afghanistan after the fall of Kabul. The Kabul Municipal Spokesman And one of the few who served under the previous Afghan government and The Taliban decided to stay in power.

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Organization is not important to me. I want to serve my people and my country“But he explained that it was not an easy decision.”People have to tolerate certain things if they want to continue to serve their country. My two brothers were killed by the Taliban, but now I don’t think about itHe added.

Said a former Afghan senior official who met with Taliban leaders He believes the group’s calls to share power are genuine, But the movement struggles with the same problem that has plagued it for months: Decide what kind of concessions you would like to receive for the sake of international law.

We look forward to hearing from you about your plans for the new government. We do not want to lose all of our achievements in the last 20 years“She is referring to the advancement of women’s and minority rights and civil liberties.

But many fear that the Taliban may withdraw their word once an agreement is reached, regardless of what the group now agrees to adhere to.

No one can guarantee that“, He said.”This is always possible”.