Afghanistan Taliban Kabul crisis Today News September 12 Highlights: While the US marked the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on Saturday, the Taliban raised their white flag over the Afghan presidential palace in Kabul. The flag was raised in a low-key ceremony by the Taliban interim government’s Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund. With this, as per Taliban officials, the official work of the all-male, all-Taliban government has started, two decades after the US forces started driving out the Taliban from the land.
Meanwhile, former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, who became the first President of the country after the Taliban were defeated by the US forces in 2001, called for peace and stability in a tweet, expressing hope that the new cabinet would become an inclusive government, even as it currently has no women and no non-Taliban members.
India and Australia, on the other hand, early on Sunday issued a joint statement that called for a broad-based and inclusive government in turbulent Afghanistan and signalled that neither of the countries was willing to give any recognition to the Taliban regime as the head of the country. The two nations underlined the urgent need for all countries to take “immediate, sustained, verifiable and irreversible” action to ensure that no territory under their control is used for terrorist attacks and to expeditiously bring to justice the perpetrators of such strikes.
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