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Pakistan Envoy in Doha for key talks on Afghanistan


Doha, 19 February 2024 (TDI): Pakistan’s special representative on Afghanistan, Asif Durrani, held crucial discussions with counterparts from the United States, United Kingdom, and the Netherlands in Doha on February 18.

The two-day meeting, initiated by the UN secretary-general, aims to foster a more unified approach towards addressing the challenges in Afghanistan following the Taliban’s assumption of power in August 2021. 

Uncertainty over Afghanistan’s involvement

As the first day of the conference concluded, uncertainty loomed over Afghanistan’s involvement.

The Taliban’s conditional stance on attending the talks raised questions about the country’s representation.

While both civil society members and Taliban authorities received invitations, the latter insisted on exclusive representation.

Pakistan reiterated its commitment to fostering lasting peace and prosperity in Afghanistan through active participation in the Doha conference.

Islamabad views engagement with the international community as instrumental in achieving these objectives.

As part of the conference proceedings, Durrani engaged in bilateral talks with Suhail Shaheen, head of the Afghan government’s political department in Doha, and Qatar’s minister of state for foreign affairs, Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulaziz bin Saleh Al-Khulaifi

UN’s Inclusive Approach

The UN extended invitations to Taliban authorities for inclusive dialogue, reflecting efforts to incorporate all stakeholders in the resolution process.

This move underscores the importance of engaging diverse voices in seeking solutions for Afghanistan’s complex challenges.

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The absence of official recognition for the Taliban government underscores international concerns regarding its policies, particularly concerning women’s rights.

However, harsh regulations have triggered funding cuts from governments, aid agencies, and international organizations, exacerbating Afghanistan’s economic woes.

Future Prospects for Stability

The discussions in Doha signify a pivotal moment in international efforts to address the Afghan crisis collaboratively. By fostering dialogue and cooperation, stakeholders aim to chart a path towards sustainable peace and development in the region.

Further underscore Islamabad’s desire for playing a constructive role in the international discourse on Afghanistan.

Pakistan’s active engagement underlines the importance of regional cooperation in mitigating the challenges facing Afghanistan, emphasizing the need for inclusive approaches to ensure long-term stability and prosperity.



The writer is a dedicated graduate student pursuing an MPhil in DSS from NDU Islamabad.

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