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FM expresses disappointment over Taliban ban on girl’s university education

Pakistan still wants engagements

Foreign Minister of Pakistan Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has expressed his disappointment over the Taliban ban on girls going to university but said that engagement with afghan rulers is the best approach.

“I’m disappointed by the decision that was taken today,” Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said.

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He further added that despite numerous defeats concerning women’s education and other areas, he still believed that Kabul and the interim administration are the most direct routes to our goal.

“Is the alternative for us to imagine that we can somehow artificially stitch together an alternate opposition that can command the same sort of legitimacy?” he added.

Bilawal said that there are no viable alternatives to the Taliban.

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He also warned of more instability in Afghanistan or the emergence of the Islamic State organization.

In order to create the political space required for individuals inside the Afghan administration who truly believe they should deliver on rights problems, it is even more important to ensure economic assistance, said FM.

Taliban on Tuesday imposed a ban on women attending universities after the decision to close girls’ secondary schools.


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