European Union Special Envoy for Afghanistan Tomas Niklasson says that they do not want Afghanistan to be “isolated”, however there is no option on the table to recognize the Taliban regime.
In his visit to Pakistan, Tomas Niklasson met with Pakistani officials and agreed on the continuation of regional and international community’s cooperation for the people of Afghanistan during these difficult times.
During his three-day visit to Pakistan, the European Union Special Representative for Afghanistan Tomas Niklasson on Friday said on Tweeter that he has discussed the consequences of the Afghan Taliban’s gender-based restrictions banning women from working with non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
He also reiterated on the formation of an inclusive government and protecting the rights of the people of Afghanistan, rights of women and girls, as well as the rights of religious minorities.
The recent ban imposed by the de facto authorities of Afghanistan restricting women from working with NGOs coincides with the worst economic situation the country is currently faced with – where children and women suffer the most.
Meanwhile, Tomas Niklasson also commented on the brutal terrorist attack at a mosque in Peshawar, which claimed the lives of the hundreds of innocent people. “This terror attack rings the bell for the reemergence of terrorism in Afghanistan and the neighboring countries,” he said.
Since the imposition of the ban on female employees of NGOs, a large number of aid organizations have set the return of their female workers as precondition to the resumption of their much-needed operations across Afghanistan. The consequences of the recent move have been substantial on the lives of the ordinary people, women and children in particular.
Worst of all, the delivery of humanitarian aids have been minimized to the people of Afghanistan amid the harsh winter, which has already caused to the death of hundreds of people and livestock throughout Afghanistan.