Assembly calls for recognition of the Taliban

Taliban members attend the press conference on a new hijab command by Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada in Kabul, Afghanistan May 7, 2022. [Photo/Agencies]

An assembly of religious leaders from across Afghanistan has called for international recognition of the Taliban government and the release of overseas assets that have been frozen by Western governments.

The supreme head of the Taliban-led administration, Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, attended the event, known as the Loya Jirga, or grand assembly, in Kabul. At the rally, which opened on Thursday, Akhundzada stressed the need for the implementation of Sharia, or Islamic laws, to ensure justice and investment, as well as safeguard Afghanistan’s freedom. .

At the assembly on Friday, the head of the interim administration said that the Afghans had expelled the occupying forces from their country to establish an Islamic system, and now “we have an Islamic system and that is the responsibility religious scholars to enforce Islamic laws”.

“The establishment of an Islamic system in Afghanistan, which is the result of more than four decades of sacrifice and suffering by our people, has ensured justice, peace and security in the country, and deserves to be supported. and we not only support it but also defend it as our religion and our national obligation,” said an 11-point resolution released at the end of the three-day meeting.

Amina Khan, director of the Center for Afghanistan, the Middle East and Africa at the Institute for Strategic Studies in Islamabad, said the international community, including countries in the region, should engage with the Taliban on a more solid basis”.

“August will mark one year of Taliban rule as a political regime in Afghanistan,” she said. “And they felt they had met certain conditions, such as improving security in the country.”

The assembly of religious leaders and elders stressed the need for the outside world to provide economic assistance to Afghanistan, including actions to release the $9.5 billion in frozen overseas assets, said she declared. Most of the assets are held in the United States.

Salman Bashir, Pakistan’s former ambassador to China, said: “The de facto government of Afghanistan is within its rights to seek international recognition and return of frozen assets.”

Xinhua contributed to the story.

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