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UN rights council to hold special session on Afghanistan requested by Pakistan

Afghan Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Afghanistan would not be part of any war against any country (Photo: InDepathyNews.net)

GENEVA: A UN Human Rights Council on the situation in Afghanistan has been convened at the request of Pakistan and the OIC.

According to details, the meeting of the UN Human Rights Council will be held six days from today in which the Taliban’s occupation of Afghanistan and the situation of basic human rights in the country will be discussed.

The hybrid virtual meeting will take place at Geneva’s Palais des Nations, said the council’s statement. It follows a joint request by Pakistan, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) coordinator on human rights and humanitarian issues, and Afghanistan.

UN member states will review the situation arising out of the Taliban occupation of Afghanistan and discuss other issues, including women’s rights. The Human Rights Council meeting has been convened at the request of Pakistan, the OIC, and Afghanistan, to be held in Geneva on August 24, while the international community is reluctant after the Taliban took over.

After the Taliban took over Afghanistan, recognizing the militant government became a major issue for Western countries. The situation in Afghanistan is astonishing for countries in the region, including Pakistan, China, and Russia.

Decades of civil war in neighboring Afghanistan have had a direct impact on Pakistan. In this regard, all issues will be discussed at a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council.

Earlier, Afghan Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Afghanistan would not be part of any war against any country. “No revenge will be taken from anyone. Women will be given their rights according to Sharia,” he maintained.

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“Freedom was our right, which we snatched away,” Afghan Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told a news conference yesterday by adding, “We assure you that no revenge will be taken from anyone. Those who work for America should not be afraid of us.” 

The call had 89 countries’ support and came a day after the Taliban, designated by the UN Security Council as a terrorist group, seized control of the capital Kabul. To convene a special session, the support of one-third of the 47 council members is needed.

Besides Pakistan, a request was supported by 28 members: Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Gabon, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Libya, Mauritania, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Togo, the UK, and Uzbekistan.