Peshawar: For the second time in a row, the Taliban have postponed the formation of a new government in Afghanistan for next week. This was announced by Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid. The move comes as the insurgent group struggles to give shape to a broad-based and inclusive administration acceptable to the international community.Also Read - Will Not Allow Anyone, Including Pakistan, to Interfere in Afghanistan's Internal Affairs: Taliban
It was reported that the Taliban will form the government on Saturday in Kabul with outfit’s co-founder Mulla Abdul Ghani Baradar to be the head of the new government. This is the second that the Taliban have delayed the formation of the new government in Kabul since they seized Kabul on August 15. Also Read - No Afghan Will Be Asked to Leave India Without Home Ministry’s Approval, Says Govt
“The announcement about the new government and Cabinet members will now be made next week,” Mujahid said without giving further details. Also Read - Afghanistan Crisis: With a ‘Curtain of Separation’, University Classes Resume In The Country
Khalil Haqqani, a member of a committee constituted by the Taliban to negotiate talks with different groups over the formation of the government, said the Taliban’s bid to form a broad-based government in Kabul acceptable to the world, in fact, is causing the delay.
“The Taliban can form a government of their own but they are now focussing to have an administration in which all parties, groups and sections of the society have proper representation,” he said, acknowledging that “the Taliban alone will not be acceptable to the world.”
Former Afghan premier and head of Jamiat e Islami Afghanistan Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and brother of former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who have announced their support to the Taliban, will be given representation in the Taliban government, he said.
The Taliban are also in the process of negotiating with other stakeholders to seek their support for their government, he added.