Unfreezing Afghanistan’s assets and ending sanctions will eventually fund the Taliban and their terrorist allies: Hussain Haqqani

February 15, 2022 10:01 STI

Kabul [Afghanistan]Feb 15 (ANI): The United Nations and other multilateral agencies can continue to send humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, but ending sanctions and offering recognition to the Taliban as an inducement will do little to end the suffering of Afghans, but will end up funding a rogue regime and its terrorist allies, said Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United States, Hussain Haqqani.
The return to power of the Taliban has created a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan that is getting worse every day.
Instead of acknowledging that the crisis was created by their takeover, the Taliban are trying to use it to gain international recognition and legitimacy. There is also a call for an end to terrorism-related sanctions to save Afghan civilians from their effects,” Haqqani said, as quoted by The Hill.
The United States and other democracies must not fall into the trap of the Taliban. The conduct of the Taliban as rulers of Afghanistan thus far has not earned them the right to legitimacy or international recognition. Unfreezing Afghanistan’s assets or channeling aid through the Taliban will only fund a rogue regime and its terrorist allies,” Haqqani said.
“Given this ideological predisposition, unfreezing Afghanistan’s assets or turning on the aid tap is unlikely to have a moderating influence on the Taliban’s behavior towards its own people or in relation to the concerns concerning terrorism or drug trafficking”, he added. .

Many international institutions constantly show their support and solidarity with the Afghan people, but the Taliban uses humanitarianism as a tactic to ask for funds and international recognition.
According to The Hill, the Taliban are likely to use international aid to pay their troops, build effective mechanisms of repression and possibly support international terrorists who are currently preparing in their country.
The author pointed out that the Taliban is unlikely to maintain control of the country if they cannot create a functioning economy. Until the collapse of the US-backed government in Kabul last August, 80% of Afghanistan’s budget was provided by international donors.
Even after numerous concessions were made to the Taliban during the Doha talks, however, this only led to the Taliban hardening their stance, The Hill reported. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team also suggests that Afghanistan is once again becoming a haven for international terrorism.
According to the UN report, released last Thursday, “there are no recent signs that the Taliban have taken steps to limit the activities of foreign terrorist fighters in the country. On the contrary, terrorist groups enjoy greater freedom there than at any time in recent years. the story.”
Given the Taliban’s links to international terrorism, granting it formal recognition and legitimacy due to concerns about its inability to feed and protect the people it governs does not make much sense, as revealed the Taliban’s acting prime minister, Mullah Hasan Akhund, said in a speech that “the Taliban are not here to provide people with food, but instead, God will do it.”
Akhund said the Taliban had only three major goals: “the exit of the United States and its allies from Afghanistan, security, and paving the way for a true Islamic system in the country.” Building a functioning economy and meeting people’s needs is not even a priority. (ANI)

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