Afghan Politicians’ Statement Does Not Make Sense to the Taliban

By Hussain Ali Haidari

Members of the previous government of Afghanistan have issued a statement, emphasizing the continuation of the government’s mission from a foreign country.

“The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is the only legal authority in the country established based on a free election,” Afghan politicians said in an 18-article statement.

On the other hand, the Taliban government says this is just a fantasy. “It is an absurd statement and a fantasy,” Taliban spokesman Bilal Karimi told 8 am. These leaders and political figures fled the country about 50 days ago. They announced on Monday (September 27) that Ashraf Ghani’s government from a second country will continue to exist.

Details about the second country where Ghani’s government is to continue are not yet available. Meanwhile, the statement said that the location of the government and the National Assembly will be announced soon.

It is unknown at the present moment that who will support this statement in Afghanistan. However, the statement was issued by the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations in Geneva.

The Taliban took control of Kabul about 50 days ago. The international community has not recognized the Taliban since then. Some have made it clear that they don’t recognize the Taliban as a legitimate ruler. This includes European countries such as Britain, France, Italy, and so on.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has stated that he does not recognize the Taliban government soon, but thinks there should be an opportunity for negotiations. The British Foreign Secretary also stated that in interacting with the Taliban, recognition of their rule is not involved. According to him, judgments about the Taliban will be based on the group’s words and actions. In the meantime, Mr. Raab has said that it is not yet the right time for the Taliban government to be recognized. The Taliban, however, has repeatedly called on the international community to recognize them.

The statement from the leaders of the previous government states that after the president leaves the country and stays out of politics, according to the constitution, the first vice-president will serve as the caretaker president until the elections.

Earlier, Amrullah Saleh, Ghani’s first deputy, had called himself the caretaker president. M. Zahir Aghbar, Afghanistan’s ambassador to Tajikistan, also announced that according to the constitution, in the absence, escape or death of the president, the first vice-president Amrullah Saleh, would be the caretaker president. The Afghan ambassador said in Dushanbe that the international community should know that Afghanistan’s official representative to the United Nations continues its mission, adding that the country’s flag is flying across the world. The embassy also called on all political representatives of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to raise the national flag.

Article 4 of the statement made by Afghan politicians states that the executive, judiciary and legislature are being activated. According to this article, regular meetings of these three sections will be held to decide on vital issues and taking the preparations for the resumption of their activities in Afghanistan.

Furthermore, article 5 of the statement mentions the formation of the Supreme Council of Government, stating that it would be responsible for advancing the affairs of the country and coordination between the members of the government and the National Assembly. According to the statement, political figures will be members of the council.

The statement added that the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Supreme Council of the Government will defend the national interests and unity of the nation under the flag of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in accordance with the Constitution, agreements and international obligations.

The statement called on Afghanistan’s partners to cooperate with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and not to legitimize the Taliban, who have ” illegally occupied the country through violence, autocracy and sponsorship of aliens.”

The UN Security Council, the European Union and the regional actors have also been called upon to put pressure on the Taliban and the group’s regional backers to ensuring a sense of lasting peace in Afghanistan.

The statement also said that the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan supports the Afghan National Resistance Front (NRF) led by Ahmad Massoud. They, thereby, call on the Afghan people to join the NRF forces.

Article 9 of the Statement states that the Supreme Council of the Government shall continue its efforts to reach a comprehensive political agreement to put an end to the four decades of conflicts, adding that achieving stability would be their priority.

Article 11 of the statement calls on senior government officials and members of the National Assembly to take action and carry out their administrative and political obligations.

According to the statement, the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have been called to their duties, stressing that the challenges will be resolved soon. The statement emphasized on the need to continue the normal operations of the Afghan embassies and consulates.

In another part of the statement, it is stated that the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan maintains the regional consensus on Afghanistan, making the country a platform for regional and international cooperation based on mutual and multilateral interests.

Regional actors and the international community have not yet commented on the statement.