Pakistan wants to make Taliban
The meeting of foreign ministers of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries to be held in New York on Saturday has been cancelled. Reliable sources suggest that Pakistan wanted the Taliban to represent Afghanistan in the SAARC meeting. Some other members with India objected to this proposal, after which the meeting was cancelled.
Nepal was presiding this meeting. This meeting is held every year during the United Nations General Assembly. According to media reports, Pakistan played tricks in the SAARC meeting and raised the demand for representation to the Taliban in the meeting. After which India and many other countries got angry on this demand of Pakistan and lodged a strong objection. In such a situation, this meeting was canceled after no consensus could be reached.
The new Taliban government has not been recognized by most countries. The new Taliban government includes many UN-designated terrorists. Amir Khan Muttaki is the caretaker foreign minister in the current Taliban government, but he is unlikely to attend the UN and its associated meetings.
A top Pakistani military official has said that his country is in “constant contact” with the Afghan Taliban to safeguard its security interests. Army spokesman Major General Babar Iftikhar said the Taliban has reiterated on several occasions that no group or terrorist organization will be allowed to use Afghan territory for any terrorist activity against any country, including Pakistan.
“We have no reason to doubt his intentions and hence we are in constant touch with him to safeguard our national interest,” he told ‘Urdu News’. Dawn newspaper has reported that a major concern of the country is the presence of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorist group in Afghanistan.