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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Pakistan was left alone on the demand to include Taliban in SAARC, Nepal also eloquently listened

Pakistan, which is trying to garner support for the Taliban, has suffered a major setback. Rejected the permission to give a seat in the meeting of foreign ministers of SAARC countries to be held on Saturday. Nepal, which is leading the SAARC, has also rejected this demand of Pakistan. Nepal has said that Ghulam Isakzai, who represents Afghanistan's deposed government at the United Nations, will not be allowed to provide written assurances.
Sources said the SAARC members could not reach a consensus on Pakistan's request or guarantee the Taliban that it could attend the meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Due to this the meeting of foreign ministers of eight South Asian countries was cancelled. SAARC includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.

A senior Indian government official told NDTV that Pakistan insisted the Taliban attend the meeting, but no other country agreed to the demand.

India has not recognized the Taliban as the representative of the Afghan people. It is also not recognized by other countries. Senior members of its new cabinet are still blacklisted by the United Nations. Most are on the 'wanted' list by US agencies. Even Russia and China have not yet recognized the Taliban.

An Indian government official said the Taliban regime has no authority. He stressed that the group cannot claim to speak on global platforms. With the Taliban's backing, he said the role of Pakistan's "midwife" has been exposed.

The Taliban have also written to the UN Secretary General seeking permission to address the 76th General Assembly in New York this week. Doha-based spokesman Suhail Shaheen has been named as the UN ambassador to Afghanistan. News agency Reuters reports that the move has led to a confrontation with Ghulam Isakzai. It is unlikely that the Taliban will be allowed at the UNGM as well.