Taliban are making instant efforts to address security, governance, and challenges regarding settlement with former rivals, some days after capturing the Afghan capital, Kabul, and announcing the war is over. Envoys from the Taliban, including leaders of the allied Haqqani Network, visited residences of key political figures in Kabul late Wednesday. However, the United States listed the Haqqani Network as a global terrorist network.
Hamid Karzai, the former President of Afghanistan, and Abdullah Abdullah, the coalition partner of the self-exiled President Ashraf Ghani, were among those who hosted Taliban leaders. On Thursday, Abdullah tweeted that they exchanged views on the security of citizens in the Afghan capital and across the country, unity, and cooperation for the nation’s future. Further, he added that Khalil Al-Rahman Haqqani, declared an international terrorist by Washington in 2011, led the insurgent’s delegation. Abdullah also noted that Fazal Hadi Muslimyar, Afghan Senate Chairman, was among the attendances.
HE Dr Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of HCNR @SapedarPalace, yesterday evening at his residence met Mr Khalil Al-Rahman Haqqani & his accompanying delegation of Taliban in Kabul.
HE @KarzaiH, Mr Fazal Hadi Muslimyar & several other elders & personalties attend the meeting. 1/5 pic.twitter.com/3emd3QGM2j
— Dr. Abdullah Abdullah (@DrabdullahCE) August 19, 2021
Abdullah emphasized that history shows that in the absence of social justice, strengthening national unity and providing security is impossible. According to some infrequent reports, Taliban troops were brutally cracking down on protesters, with almost three people killed in Jalalabad, the country’s eastern city.
Haqqani Assured to Work Hard for Security in Kabul
In a series of tweets, Abdullah added that Haqqani assured the meeting members that they would work hard to provide the right security for the people in Kabul. Haqqani also asked for the support and help of political leaders and seniors of the country to provide security for Afghans. Furthermore, the proposals of the Taliban to other political leaders are a good sign demonstrating they realize the country needs all-around governance, a former Afghan presidential analyst and advisor, Torek Farhadi, said.
Farhadi further added that the same outreach to businesspeople, technocrats, and women is necessary to support the country’s economy, employment opportunities, and investment climate. The website of the U.S. State Department says that Haqqani took orders for Taliban combat operations from Sirajuddin Haqqani (the nephew of Haqqani), and he also acted on behalf of al-Qaida and associated with terrorist operations of al-Qaida.
Taliban group took over major areas on their way to capture Kabul last weekend, almost twenty years after United States-led forces hit them from power. Moreover, the group is now facing increasing pressure from the U.S. and other global communities after regimentally taking hold of the conflict-torn South Asian country instead of public requests not to do so.
Critics say that an executive Taliban government in Afghanistan might threaten basic human rights, specifically Afghan women. In addition, it results in global isolation of the country as in the 1990s when the fundamentalistic movement in Afghanistan enforced Sharia or its extreme interpretations of Islamic laws. However, the group vowed to form a comprehensive Islamic government, so Afghanistan remains part of the global community and receives much-needed reform assistance.
Taliban Determined to Maintain Trade and Diplomatic Relations with Global Countries
Zabihullah Mujahid, the chief spokesperson of the Taliban, reiterated on Twitter that the Taliban group determined to maintain trade and diplomatic relations with countries across the world. The Haqqani Network has bases in Pakistan to operate it. However, Pakistan officials insist all Taliban leaders shifted long ago to insurgent-held Afghan areas. But Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, acknowledges the families of Taliban fighters and leaders who continue to reside among almost three million Afghan refugees in the country but deny their military links.
Currently, Sirajuddin Haqqani, the deputy to the reclusive Taliban chief, Maulvi Hibatullah Akhundzada, is heading the group. Sirajuddin is the son of the late Jalaluddin Haqqani, who founded the Haqqani network during the United States-backed Afghan armed fight against the 1980’s Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Taliban officials told the news agency that Sirajuddin would appear in public in Afghanistan sooner, and they didn’t clarify the exact time. The Taliban seized Afghanistan prompted chaos and uncertainty, as several Afghans tried to flee from the country.