New Delhi: The Taliban may soon have to face a new political opposition — from the disgruntled forces who feel they have been left out of the new regime, though the leadership had been making claims of an inclusive government. 

ABP News has learnt from reliable sources that this political formation is being talked about among leaders such as former Afghan president Hamid Karzai, Dr Abdullah Abdullah, National Resistance Front (NRF) leader Ahmad Shah Masood, former vice president Amrullah Saleh and others, and almost all the envoys placed in 70-odd countries across the globe. 

The sources told ABP News that since it was expected that the Taliban would keep its word of forming an “inclusive government” but that did not happen, the aforementioned leaders and the envoys deputed by the erstwhile Ashraf Ghani government are discussing to form a new political formation to politically oppose the Taliban set-up from within and outside Afghanistan.

This also suggests these forces may be in active discussion with the world community, and that there may be no immediate recognition of the Taliban government by most of the nations.

The Taliban took over the country last month the leadership installed a government without following the democratic process. 

Why Afghanistan Needs An Opposition

Speaking exclusively to ABP News, the sources said since there is no significant resistance against the Taliban by the Northern Alliance this time, unlike the last time, and because the Taliban don’t seem to have changed, it is necessary for an Opposition to come up. 

Another factor that forces this idea is the fact that even neighbouring Tajikistan is not supporting the NRF this time.

It is to be now seen as to in what form and how sooner does this political formation to take on the Taliban takes shape. Importantly, fomer President Ashraf Ghani is not part of this scheme.

India and many other countries have adopted a wait-and-watch policy as far as recognising the Taliban government is concerned.

India has already said that the Afghanistan approach of the interational community should be in line with the United Nations Security Council’s Resolution 2593, which was adopted last month during India’s presidency.

The UNSCR 2593 demands that the Afghan soil should not be used for terrorism in any way, and that there should be an inclusive and negotiated settlement to the crisis.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is set to meet US President Joe Biden in America on Friday, is likely to have a detailed discussion on the Afghanistan situation under Taliban rule.

He has already met Vice President Kamala Harris and discussed Afghanistan, among other issues.

During her maiden meeting with Modi, Harris reportedly “suo motu” referred to Pakistan’s alleged role in terrorism, saying there were terror groups working in that country, and asked Islamabad to take action so it does not impact on America and India’s security.

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