Pakistan’s poxy Taliban govt in Afghanistan
Kabul: Pakistan’s role was evident in the formation of the Taliban 2.0 government, anointing hardline terrorist Mullah Hassan Akhund as Prime Minister and the inclusion of Sirajuddin Haqqani as Interior Minister.
Sirajuddin Haqqani is known for his contempt against India; his statement on Kashmir has raised serious concerns in India.
Pakistan-linked Haqqani network is the most wanted terrorist list released by the FBI. Sirajuddin Haqqani is the son of anti- Soviet warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani, who established the Pakistan-supported Haqqani network. Sirajuddin's uncle, Khalil Haqqani named as acting minister for refugees in the new government.
After the visit of the ISI chief to Kabul, Pakistan's role in forming the Taliban government has come to light. Even Afghanistan people have staged protests in front of the Pakistan embassy in Kabul for its meddling Country’s internal affairs.
Pakistan has succeeded in anointing hardline Taliban leader Mullah Hassan Akhund as Prime Minister, sidelining another prominent leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban’s key political negotiator based in Doha, negotiated with the US for the exit of US troops in Afghanistan.
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Taliban’s Sher Abbas Stanikzai, who met India’s representatives in Qatar, has been made as deputy foreign minister in the new government. Doha faction of Taliban group has completely marginalized while forming a government. They have not been considered for top posts. Even the Interior ministry, the most powerful ministry, also goes to the Haqqani network.
Sirajuddin and Khalil Haqqani are the most wanted terrorists wanted by the US. On the other hand, India is a concern; giving the prominent post to Haqqani’s in the new government will be the biggest worry to India. The Haqqanis were reportedly bombing Indian Embassy in Kabul in 2008, in which 58 people were killed. It was alleged that ISI was behind in that attack.
The Haqqanis were known for using suicide bombers in the recent past. Afghanistan's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Ghulam Isaczai tweeted: “17 of the 33 Taliban cabinet members are on the UN sanction list. This includes their interim PM, two Deputy PMs, Interior, Defense, and Foreign Affairs.”