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Afghanistan: Taliban may gain entry to this crucial UN body, warns US official

New York: Having imposed strict Islamic laws during their first stint as rulers of Afghanistan, the Taliban have created a global image of anti-women barbarians still stuck in the middle ages.

Afghan women bore the brunt of their extremist views when they ruled Afghanistan from Kabul during 1996-2001.

With the Taliban capturing Kabul, toppling the Afghan government and reclaiming power in Afghanistan, Afghan women are fearing a return to the dark days.

If they form an Afghan government which gains international recognition, the Taliban main to gain a seat on the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

According to John Bolton, a former US ambassador to the UN, the future of Afghanistan’s leadership, and the country’s representation in global organizations became uncertain after the Afghan Taliban captured Kabul, toppled the Afghan government and reclaimed power in Afghanistan.

“You have a new crew that comes in, and the U.N. has to decide, ‘Do we accept the credentials of a new ambassador?'” Bolton told the Washington Examiner.

“It’s certainly possible to challenge that and deny them a seat. You can say they’re not legitimate,” he added.

According to UN rules and regulations, incoming governments, inherit their predecessor’s posts even if they are established through non-democratic means.

“I think the most likely outcome is the Taliban gets seated,” Bolton said.

Afghanistan secured a seat on the UN Commission for the Status of Women in 2020 after receiving a sufficient 39 votes.

With the Taliban toppling the Afghan government and reclaiming power in Afghanistan, several nations have been trying to evacuate their citizens from Kabul.

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As a result, the Kabul airport has seen a mad rush of people trying to get out of Afghanistan even as fighting rages between the Taliban and rival Afghan factions in the north of the war ravaged country. 

The US government has been desperately trying to evacuate its citizens from Afghanistan with the US military conducting several flights to ferry out people from the Kabul airport.

US President Joe Biden on Tuesday made it clear to the G7 leaders that US is “on pace” to finish its withdrawal from Afghanistan by August 31.

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