Pakistan ‘disappointed’ but still wants Taliban engagement

HOA THINH DAN WOMAN: PakistanThe foreign minister on Tuesday expressed disappointment over the Taliban’s higher education ban on women but said the best approach remained to engage with Afghanistanof Muslim rulers.
“I am disappointed by the decision taken today,” Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said during a visit to Washington.
But he said: “I still think that the easiest way to achieve our goal – despite the many obstacles when it comes to women’s education and other things – is through Kabul and through through the provisional government.”
Bhutto Zardari said there were no alternatives to the Taliban, warning of further instability in Afghanistan or the rise of the Islamic State group.
“Can we imagine that we could somehow artificially incorporate an alternative opposition that would command the same kind of legitimacy?”
The Taliban, which initially promised a softer approach than their 1996-2001 regime, on Tuesday banned higher education for women after closing high schools for girls.
The United States, whose troop withdrawal from Afghanistan last year led to the collapse of the Western-backed government, has warned that the Taliban’s decision could permanently end all hopes by the militants for a relationship. positive relationship.
But Bhutto Zardari said it was even more important to secure economic support “to create the necessary political space for people in the Afghan regime who really believe they should exercise” rights issues.
Pakistan has a complicated relationship with the Taliban, officially backing the US two-decade war in Afghanistan but facing multiple accusations in Washington of supporting the militants.


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