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Pakistan quietly allows Taliban-appointed ‘diplomats’ to take charge of Afghan missions

Pakistan has quietly allowed the Taliban-appointed “diplomats” to take cost of the Afghan embassy and consulates within the nation, a media report mentioned on Saturday.

Though Pakistan doesn’t recognise the Taliban because the respectable authorities in Kabul, it nonetheless issued visas to the appointed “diplomats”.

Sardar Muhammad Shokaib has began working as the primary secretary within the Afghan embassy in Islamabad, whereas Hafiz Mohibullah, Mullah Ghulam Rasool and Mullah Muhammad Abbas have been assigned to the Peshawar, Quetta and Karachi consulates of Afghanistan, the Daybreak newspaper reported.

Shokaib would successfully be the Afghan cost d’affaires in Islamabad.

The Afghan embassy right here has been with out an envoy since July when the final envoy underneath the earlier regime, Najibullah Alikhil, left due to controversy because of alleged abduction of his daughter Silsila Alikhil.

No particulars about Shokaib had been shared however in line with a report by Voice of America, he’s an ethnic Pashtun from Zabul province who served within the Info and Cultural Division in southern Kandahar and was related to a Taliban journal.

He reportedly as soon as labored because the Taliban spokesman underneath the identify of Qari Yousaf Ahmadi and was arrested in Pakistan and later lived in Peshawar for a number of years.

Pakistan’s International Workplace spokesman Asim Iftikhar tried to minimize the brand new appointments by saying that it was an “administrative matter”.

“With regard to appointment of latest workers within the Afghan embassy, that is an administrative matter and is supposed to allow the embassy to carry out its capabilities, primarily the consular capabilities as you’re conscious there are hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees in Pakistan and there are visa points as properly,” he mentioned.

Pakistan has been making an attempt to persuade the world to diplomatically have interaction with the Taliban after they set up their de-facto management on Afghanistan on August 15. Nevertheless, the world is skeptical about them and trying to decide them on guarantees to respect human rights earlier than any form of recognition.

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