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Pakistan in dilemma over aid to Taliban government in Afghanistan without international recognition: Report

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Earlier this month the Taliban announced an interim government. (file)

Islamabad:

Pakistan appears to be facing difficulties in providing aid to the Taliban-led government as the Afghan new regime is yet to be recognized by the international community.

In a meeting chaired by Pakistan’s Economic Affairs Minister Umar Ayub Khan on Tuesday, key stakeholders considered various options to support the new Afghan government through capacity building and technical expertise under the crash programmes.

However, according to a Dawn report, a major challenge was how to do this without the Afghan government being recognized by the world.

Informed sources said the meeting was told that the biggest challenge for the Afghan administration was the void created by a large exodus of technical and financial experts soon after the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan.

The meeting said that the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) management can arrange and provide crash training courses to Afghanistan by inviting its employees to Pakistan.

The meeting said that Afghanistan should also have a ‘proper needs assessment’ and support can be given by Pakistan.

Earlier this month, the Taliban announced a new interim government that includes ministers accused of being terrorists.

In addition, women have been removed from the Taliban’s harsh interim government, ordered to stay at home in some areas, and their education restricted.

The Taliban are fighting for international recognition of their restored Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

However, the international community is unwilling to recognize the Taliban government given its past human rights record.

Many in the international community do not expect the Taliban to make any progress in upholding the rights of women and minorities.

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