On Friday, Taliban appointed Sardar Ahmad Khan Shokaib, to take charge of the Afghan embassy in Islamabad. However, he can’t assume the title of Ambassador, as the Taliban awaits international recognition.
Taliban has also positioned its consulates in Peshawar, Karachi, and Quetta. A Taliban source told AFP, “These diplomats will take care of affairs in the embassy and in the three consulates. They will formally take charge on Monday.”
Pakistan’s foreign ministry spokesperson hailed the move, “it will allow the embassy to perform consular functions, with the country hosting millions of Afghan Refugees.”
In July, the former western-backed government withdrew its envoy to Islamabad, Najibullah Alikhil . The government levelled charges of abduction and assault of the envoy’s daughter, in Pakistan. The Afghan Foreign ministry also expressed its concern over the diplomat’s security. The post of Ambassador was vacant till then.
As per Reuters reports, Similar efforts are underway in UAE and Qatar.
This step of Kabul will further strengthen the relations among the two nations. Pakistan still plays an important role in Government formation in crisis-hit countries. Pakistan empowered the Haqqani Network and tried to sideline Mullah Baradar in Sunni Pashtun Group Setup.