Demand to Taliban: Tribal leaders want to participate in government

In Afghanistan, tribal leaders and regional rulers are calling on the Taliban to participate in the future government in Kabul. A group of Afghan leaders, including two regional rulers, are planning to meet with representatives of the Islamists over the next few weeks, said Chalid Nur, son of Atta Mohammad Nur, the once powerful governor of the northern Afghan province of Balkh. According to him, the group consists of the Uzbek leader Abdul Raschid Dostum and others who oppose the sole takeover of power by the Taliban.

The Taliban have announced that they will announce the full cabinet in the next few days. Representatives from key agencies such as the Ministry of Health and Education and the central bank have already been appointed, the spokesman said.

“We prefer to negotiate together because the problem of Afghanistan cannot be solved by one of us alone,” Chalid Nur told Reuters from an undisclosed location. Atta Nur and Dostum, veterans of the four decades of conflict in Afghanistan, fled the country when Mazar-i-Sharif fell to the Taliban. It is important that the traditional leaders in particular are involved in the formation of the government, said Khalid Nur. The 27-year-old man warned that negotiations with the Taliban would fail. Because then the group would prepare for armed resistance against the Taliban. “Surrender is out of the question for us.”

The son of one of the most important leaders in the war against the Soviet occupation in the 1980s, Ahmad Massoud, announced resistance against the Taliban two weeks ago. Massoud rules the Pandschir Valley, a Tajik stronghold northeast of Kabul. He too is hoping for government participation.

It is unclear how much popular support there is for leaders like Atta Nur, who is believed to be corrupt, and Dostum, who is accused of torture and brutality. However, the advances are a sign that the traditional rulers of the country will be active again after the Taliban’s victory. Many experts are of the opinion that it will be difficult for any force to rule Afghanistan in the long term without a consensus between the various ethnic groups in the country.

The Taliban are currently “very, very arrogant” because of their victory, said Nur. “We assume, however, that they know the risk of governing as they did before,” he said, referring to the exclusion of ethnic minorities during the Taliban’s rule in the 1990s. “History has shown that nobody can rule by force in Afghanistan, that is impossible.”

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