UN urged to open political office for Taliban’s opponents in exile
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Taliban’s key opponents seek opening an official political office

Members of the National Resistance Council for the Salvation of Afghanistan (NRCSA), mostly Jihadi leaders and officials of the former government, have made a new proposal in which they called for opening a political office in a foreign country, more pressure on the Taliban, and formation of an interim government.

These key political opponents of the Taliban who are all now living abroad, mostly in Türkiye, released their proposal on Sunday during an online meeting ahead of the new solar year (1402).

Younus Qanooni, who served as Vice President and the Parliament Speaker during the previous regime, presided over the online meeting. Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum, Mohammad Mohaqiq, Ata Mohammad Noor were also other prominent figures present at the meeting.

Mohammad Karim Khalili, another prominent member of the Council, and Ahmad Masoud who is actively leading an armed fight against the Taliban, were not present at the meeting.

The proposal is defined in four stages: paving circumstances for negotiations, start of peace talks, establishing an interim administration, and formation of an elected government.

Call for official political office

To achieve the defined goals, the Council reiterated on paving the ground for negotiations with the Taliban and called on the United Nations to assign a delegation and open an official political office for Taliban opponents in a foreign country.

Most of these political figures are currently residing either in Türkiye or other regional countries.

Türkiye and the regional countries, however, have established close diplomatic relations with the Taliban who have repeatedly rejected any negotiations with these figures, asking them to return to a normal life under the Taliban rule in Afghanistan.

In January, two former US government officials had also called for opening a political office for the Taliban political groups based in Türkiye and Tajikistan.

Pressuring Taliban for negotiations

Moreover, the Council members urged for more pressure on the Taliban to accept negotiations. Otherwise, they warned of promoting and expanding a systematic nationwide resistance against the group’s rule all over Afghanistan.

They also stressed on paralyzing the Taliban’s administration through civil unrests and on-ground activities as a means of pressure.

At the international stage, the Council stated that the Taliban’s should not be recognized and the financial assistance must stop in a way that is not harmful to the people of Afghanistan.