Pakistan cannot ‘unilaterally’ recognize Taliban government: Imran Khan

by Aamaj News

On Tuesday, prime minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, in an interview with French daily Le Figaro said that Taliban’s recognition must be a ‘collective process’, and Pakistan unilaterally cannot recognize them.

“If Pakistan were the first to grant recognition of Taliban, the international pressure will become too much for us as we try to turn our economy around,” Imran Khan said.

Khan added that Afghans are proud people, and nobody can force them to a certain way.

Imran Khan said the Taliban agreed on girls education but need time, adding, “Afghans should not be expected to respect women’s rights as Westerners understand them.”

He pointing to the presence of terrorist groups in Afghanistan said, “We believe that the more stable the Afghan government is, the less these groups can operate. That is why we are so concerned about the stability of Afghanistan.”

When he was asked whether he can trust Taliban or not? He replied, “Yes, the Taliban were able to restore security when they took over in the 1990s.”

Imran Khan emphasized if terrorists operate from the Afghan soil, the Taliban will suffer.

Imran Khan said that Pakistan does not want international terrorism to operate from Afghanistan, but this can only be done with the help of the Taliban government.


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