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'Taliban could return to hardline as like 20 years ago'

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Imran Khan
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned that the Taliban could return to the hardline as like 20 years ago without international recognition.

He made the warning in an interview with London-based 'Middle East Eye' on Monday, Dawn reported.

In an interview on Afghanistan, the Pakistani Prime Minister said that the 20-year civil war has devastated Afghanistan.

He said members of the Taliban were seeking international recognition. They are now talking about forming an inclusive government as well as upholding human rights. The Taliban has also vowed not to harbor any terrorist organization in Afghanistan.

"The world must connect with Afghanistan," Imran said.

"Otherwise, extremists inside the Taliban could return to power. And if that happens, it will bring disaster to the region."

He warned that if there was a resurgence of violence in Afghanistan, other terrorist groups, such as the Islamic State (IS), would re-emerge in the country, which is a matter of concern to all countries.

Imran added that only a stable government in Afghanistan could stop IS. There is no other option.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned that Afghanistan could be plunged into a catastrophic humanitarian catastrophe if the Taliban government is isolated and one sanction after another is imposed on them.

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