Kabul: The new Interim government of the Islamic Emirates of Afghanistan (IEA) led by Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund is likely to take oath of office on September 11, a day which also marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the US in 2001. As per the reports, Invitations have been prepared and rolled out to several countries including China, Turkey, Pakistan, Iran, Qatar, India, and the US for attending the oath-taking ceremony.Also Read - Taliban Shut Internet in Parts of Kabul Amid Fears of Protests in Afghanistan Capital: Report
Recently, the Taliban announced the list of cabinet members; emphasising that the new government will be under a caretaker step. The Taliban are seeking international recognition and have called on the countries to reopen their embassies in the war-torn nation. Also Read - Taliban Can Set Example if They Follow True Sharia Law, Says Mehbooba Mufti
“We recognise that peace and stability are must for investments. We want good relations with all the neighbours, including China,” said Zabiullah Mujahid, spokesperson for the Taliban. “The war has ended, the country is getting out of the crisis. It is now the time for peace and reconstruction. We need people to support us. Afghanistan has the right to be recognised. The international community should open their embassies in Kabul,” he added. Also Read - Mehbooba Mufti Refers to Afghanistan Situation to Ask Govt to Restore J&K Special Status, Draws Flak
Though, the international community is not ready to recognise the newly announced interim government of the Taliban and has even raised concerns over the non-inclusivity of various other ethnic groups. The International Community is not happy with the representation of various old guards of the Taliban in the new setup, who carry a bounty on their heads and are listed as proscribed terrorists by the United Nations and other global platforms.
The interim Prime Minister, Mohammad Hassan Akhund, is under UN sanctions. Sirajuddin Haqqani, named the acting Interior Minister, is on the FBI’s most-wanted list with a bounty of $10 million on his head. Khalil Haqqani, appointed as the acting Minister for Refugees, also carries a $5 million bounty on his head. There are many others in the list in senior positions who are either members of the US-designated terror groups, or are on international sanctions lists or are former Guantanamo inmates.
The US, meanwhile, has said that it is assessing the announcement of an interim government in Afghanistan and is concerned about some individuals for their affiliations and track records. “We note the list of names consists exclusively of individuals who are members of the Taliban or their close associates and no women,” stated the US State Department spokesperson. The Taliban have lashed out at the international criticism against the members of their interim setup, especially the US, who they say are violating the Doha peace agreement by not recognising the interim Taliban government.
(With Inputs from IANS)