Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan shakes hand with Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on Friday. (File Photo: Reuters)
ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has called for installing an inclusive government in Afghanistan that provides representation to all ethnic groups of the war-torn country.
"After meetings in Dushanbe with leaders of Afghanistan’s neighbours, and especially a lengthy discussion with Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon, I have initiated a dialogue with the Taliban for an inclusive Afghan government to include Tajiks, Hazaras and Uzbeks," Imran tweeted on Saturday. "After 40 years of conflict, this inclusivity will ensure peace and a stable Afghanistan, which is in the interest not only of Afghanistan but the region as well."
Almost similar views were expressed by leaders of other countries at the recent 20th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Council of Heads of State (SCO-CHS) Summit, with economic cooperation among the member states and Afghanistan’s situation being the pivotal topics.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who had spoken via a video link, noted that the new provisional government could not be called representative or inclusive, "as we do not see representatives of other ethnic groups there but believe we need to work with it".
Putin also criticised the withdrawal of the United States-led forces from Afghanistan and urged the SCO member states to talk about dealing with the volatile situation there.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said it was necessary to "encourage Afghanistan to put in place a broad-based and inclusive political framework" and "resolutely fight all forms of terrorism" so that it can live in peace with its neighbours.
He was of the opinion that Afghanistan should be guided to be more open and inclusive, and pursue moderate domestic and foreign policies.
Earlier this month, the Afghan Taliban had announced a 33-member caretaker government without any non-Talib or woman. The interim set-up is dominated mainly by Pashtuns who constitute less than half of Afghanistan’s population.