Consultations are ongoing among the leadership of the Taliban and with different ethnicities and political parties about forming an inclusive government, said Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, a senior member of the Taliban’s political office on Saturday.

Addressing the country on the national radio and television stations, Stanikzai said all people from different walks of life will be included in the next government.

“Currently, the Taliban leadership is consulting with different ethnic groups, political parties and within the Islamic Emirate about forming a government that has to be accepted both inside and outside Afghanistan and to be recognized,” Stanikzai said.

Stanikzai said that all the people will see themselves included in the next government, which will be formed after consultations with the people of Afghanistan.

“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is committed to forming an Islamic government in which all people from different walks will be included,” he said.

According to Stanikzai, since the collapse of the former government in August 15 there has been no war in Afghanistan. He added that people should work together to keep the peace.

He also called on all people – men and women – to work together to rebuild Afghanistan and reach a durable peace.

Stanikzai once again called on Taliban fighters to not create problems for the people, saying that no Taliban fighter is allowed to interfere in people’s personal affairs or enter their houses.

Referring to Afghans leaving the country, Stanikzai said that those who have left the country can come back and resume their jobs and that Afghanistan needs them and their talents.

Stanikzai assured the people on the formation of an inclusive government as people are worried about a prolonged power vacuum in Kabul.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has estimated that 500,000 people will leave Afghanistan in the next four months due to political uncertainty.


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