Taliban’s Afghan government criticized for not being ‘inclusive’

The Taliban came under fire Wednesday after the announced interim Afghanistan government was neither “inclusive” nor “representative” of the country’s ethnic and religious diversity.

“It does not look like the inclusive and representative formation of Afghanistan’s rich ethnic and religious diversity that we had hoped to see and that the Taliban promised in recent weeks,” an European Union spokesman said in a statement Wednesday.

EU foreign ministers had insisted last week that an “inclusive and representative” interim cabinet was “one of the five conditions set” for the establishment of relations between the 27-country bloc and the new Afghan government.

A State Department spokesperson said in a statement shared with The Hill that although the Taliban “has presented this as a caretaker cabinet,” the U.S. “will judge the Taliban by its actions, not words.”

“We have made clear our expectation that the Afghan people deserve an inclusive government,” the spokesperson added.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar caricature by donkeyhotey

Key positions in Afghanistan’s new caretaker government were announced by the Taliban on Tuesday evening. The cabinet is all-male and stacked with prominent Taliban fighters who already helmed key posts during the militant group’s hardline regime between 1996 and 2001.

Mohammad Hasan Akhund, now head of Afghanistan’s interim government, previously served as foreign minister and deputy prime minister.

The new executive’s number two, Abdul Ghani Baradar, is the group’s co-founder and took part in the negotiations over the US withdrawal, while the new interior minister, Sirajuddin Haqqani, is on the FBI’s most-wanted list.

The FBI had offered a $5 million reward for information leading to Haqqani’s arrest but increased the reward to $10 million later Tuesday.



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  1. Taliban has formed the government in Kabul !

    It is the grand success of “Directorate S” of ISI !

    S = 19th alphabet of the English Language,in the year when the world is plagued by COVID -19!

    This is Taliban version 2,and so Directorate S + 2 = 21,which is the year 2021 !

    Taliban hoisted the flag in Panjshir on 06.09.2021 = 11 in numerics !

    Taliban declared govtt on 07.09.2021

    Taliban declared 33 members of the Govtt,which is HALF the books of the Bible – as the other half Islam does NOT accept !

    Govtt on 7th
    Month is 9th
    Taliban is version 2

    On a Artithmetic Progression of 2 – the date of innaugration of Taliban state has to be the 11th !

    7 – 9 – 11 !

    It is a divine signal and the start of the Islamic Reinassance !

    Now the question is what time will the ceremony start on the 11th !

    This is PROVIDENCE ! dindooohindoo

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