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Change in power in Afghanistan not inclusive, happened without negotiation: PM Modi

It is pertinent to mention here that the Taliban seized the country without having formal deliberations with the democratic-elected government under Ashraf Ghani on August 15. 

Change in power in Afghanistan not inclusive, happened without negotiation: PM Modi-dnm
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New Delhi, First Published Sep 17, 2021, 6:16 PM IST
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the change in power in Afghanistan is not inclusive and it happened without negotiation. 

Speaking at the SCO-CSTO Outreach Summit through video conference, PM Modi said, “... This raises questions over acceptance of the new system. The representation of women, minorities and all sections of Afghan society is essential.” 

It is pertinent to mention here that the Taliban seized the country without having formal deliberations with the democratic-elected government under Ashraf Ghani on August 15. 

In its interim government formation, the Taliban did not include the members of minorities, other ethnic groups and women in its Council of ministers. 

Raising apprehensions about the new dispensation in the war-ravaged country, the prime minister said, “Neighbouring nations like us have been mostly affected by the chain of events that are taking place in Afghanistan. So, regional focus and regional cooperation are very important in this context.”

He, further, said that the recent developments in the war-torn country can lead to an increase in the trafficking of illegal arms, drugs and human trafficking.

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On recognising the new system, he urged the global community to take a decision on it collectively and with proper deliberation. 

On this matter, “India supports the central role of the United Nations,” he said.

“If instability and fundamentalism continue in Afghanistan, terrorist and extremist ideologies will be encouraged across the world. Other extremist organisations might get the encouragement to grab the power through violence,” he added.

All countries have been victims of terrorism, so together “we should ensure that the land of Afghanistan is not used to spread terrorism in any country. SCO Member Nations should develop strict norms over this issue.”

He called for the norms to be based on principle of zero tolerance against terrorism. “It should have a code of conduct to put a check on activities like cross-border terrorism and terror financing.”

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