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Armed anti-Taliban groups warn against international recognition of the Taliban government

The National Resistance Front (NRF) and the Afghanistan Freedom Front (AFF) have rejected recent remarks by United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed regarding the recognition of the Taliban. The groups argue that lobbying for the Taliban is futile and against the collective interests of the people of Afghanistan.

In a message on the occasion of Eid ul-Fitr, the NRF called on organisations and countries to hold the Taliban accountable for their behaviour and actions and to stop giving opportunities to its leadership. The group accused the Taliban of criminal and inhumane behaviour, turning Afghanistan into a prion for the people of Afghanistan.

The AFF also published a statement on Thursday announcing decisive and unconditional support for any kind of political and civil struggle, especially those of Afghan women and girls. However, the group accused the Taliban of closing all peaceful ways to reach a collective agreement, stealing all opportunities for convergence and peaceful resolution of national issues, and making armed struggle the most effective solution against them.

The AFF called for full disarmament of all engaging parties in the conflict under meaningful UN supervision, and handing over power to an impartial transitional administration to achieve a political solution for Afghanistan.

Both anti-Taliban Fronts have once again emphasised the serious and urgent need for convergence, unity, and coordination among all anti-Taliban forces at all levels.

Amina Mohammed, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, recently sparked controversy by announcing the organization’s plans to organise a meeting in the coming days to discuss the recognition of the Taliban in order to prevent further deterioration of the situation in Afghanistan.

The Taliban has been in power in Afghanistan since August 2021, when they ousted the U.S.-backed government. The group has been accused of human rights abuses, including the oppression of women and girls.

The United Nations has been reluctant to recognise the Taliban government, but Mohammed’s remarks suggest that the organization is open to the possibility. However, the anti-Taliban groups are adamantly opposed to any recognition of the Taliban.

It remains to be seen whether the United Nations will recognise the Taliban government. However, the opposition of the anti-Taliban groups will make it difficult for the organisation to do so.