YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 22 C MIN 26 C BETTER PLANNING REQUIRED FOR SMOOTH TRANSITION OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 5 RANCHI THURSDAY, 16 SEPT, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—134 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) AT A GLANCE IT DEPARTMENT ‘SURVEYS’ ACTOR SONU SOOD’S MUMBAI PREMISES CBI COURT REFUSES TO CANCEL ANDHRA CM'S BAIL IN QUID PRO QUO CASE NATION Morning India 8 people killed in road accidents in Jharkhand MANOJ SINHA MUMBAI: The Income Tax Department is 'surveying' the Mumbai offices and home in the suburbs belonging to Bollywood actor Sonu Sood here on Wednesday, official sources said. Teams of IT sleuths began the operations since morning, though the reason behind the action is not immediately known. Sood had shot into prominence last year for arranging free flights to enable stranded migrants reach their homes in different parts of India during the nationwide lockdown. He also had a scrap with the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for allegedly converting his six-story house in Juhu into an illegal boarding. RAMGARH: Five people died when a car in which they were travelling rammed into a bus near Lari in the district on Wednesday. The incident took place at around 8.30 am, the police said. "The Bokaro-bound car hit a bus going towards Ranchi from Dhanbad head on. The collision was so intense that both vehicles caught fire and the passengers were gutted in flames," the police said. The deceased have been identified as Munna, Golu, Alok and Kishore. The identity of the fifth is body is yet to be ascertained. According to the eyewitness, around 8 am on Wednesday, there was a direct collision between Maharaja Bus going from Dhanbad to Ranchi and a Maruti Wagon R car (BR 01 Sputnik Light Covid vaccine gets permission for Phase 3 trials in India CMYK 08 www.sanmarglive.com Morning India THURSDAY, RANCHI, SEPTEMBER 16, 2021 ‘Reconfigure agricultural producer support’ Afghan Nationals stage a protest against the Taliban and Pakistan near Chanakyapuri Police station, in New Delhi on Tuesday. ANI Taliban victory puts Pakistan in a quandary ASAD MIRZA T he Pakistan government at the moment seems to be in a quandary. The manner in which it wanted to exploit the Taliban victory in Afghanistan has rebounded threatening to reinforce religious fundamentalists inclinations in Pakistan itself. US President Joe Bidens decision to withdraw American forces from Afghanistan was due to the realisation that religious fundamentalism might not remain contained to Afghanistan. The Taliban's victory in Afghanistan may give Pakistan a choice to look at its relationships with its neighbours, not just from an anti-India stance as it tries to rein-in and influence Taliban to remain proPakistan and not adopt an independent policy of their own. However, the religio-politico situation of the region which started rearing its head in 1980s with the help of US and Saudi-backed fanatical elements to drive out the Soviets from Afghanistan, has increasingly showed ripple effect in Pakistan, the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) remains a prime example of such thinking. Pakistan is seen as working in support of the Taliban as reports suggest that it was based on the advice of Pakistani military and government officials that the US generals stuck to the Taliban's August 31 deadline for an end to US evacuation so that the group can move forward with forming a government. In fact the Pakistani military started working on efforts to persuade the United States to negotiate an end to the war with the Taliban even before they gained control of Afghanistan, a development Pakistani officers believed was inevitable. Based on those inputs the US started to engage with Taliban in early 2019. Commenting on the evolving situation Ayesha Siddiqa, a geopolitics adviser at SOAS, UK, said that Rawalpindi invested primarily in the Taliban as it knew that US would ultimately leave Afghanistan. Rawalpindi's prime desire was to ensure a friendly establishment in its north-western neighbouring Pakistan's generals, which makes one realise the effort afoot to make a Taliban-led regime look increasingly like Pakistan (or even India): Hybrid-authoritarian and hybrid-theocratic... This is where the real problem for Pakistan begins". While Pakistani fears that the Taliban victory may give a violent boost to the TTP, the Pakistani Taliban that has close ties to their Afghan kin, the TTP had started to be active again inside Pakistan even before the Taliban capture of Afghanistan. The Taliban victory benefits from decades in which religious fundamentalism was woven into PAKISTAN IS SEEN AS WORKING IN SUPPORT OF THE TALIBAN AS REPORTS SUGGEST THAT IT WAS BASED ON THE ADVICE OF PAKISTANI MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS THAT THE US GENERALS STUCK TO THE TALIBAN'S AUGUST 31 DEADLINE FOR AN END TO US EVACUATION SO THAT THE GROUP CAN MOVE FORWARD WITH FORMING A GOVERNMENT. IN FACT THE PAKISTANI MILITARY STARTED WORKING ON EFFORTS TO PERSUADE THE UNITED STATES TO NEGOTIATE AN END TO THE WAR WITH THE TALIBAN EVEN BEFORE THEY GAINED CONTROL OF AFGHANISTAN, A DEVELOPMENT PAKISTANI OFFICERS BELIEVED WAS INEVITABLE. nation, which doesn't get exploited against Pakistan's interests, especially by India. However, the investment over 27 years has produced mixed results. It certainly did not translate into the Taliban doing Pakistan's bidding. Siddiqa described Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid's promise that Afghan media would be free as "a reminder of similar assurances about media freedom by the fabric of Pakistani society as well as some of its key institutions. Siddiqa comments: "The fact remains that, notwithstanding the ambition to mellow the tone of religion in Afghanistan, Pakistan itself runs the risk of becoming more like its northwestern neighbour ï¿½ more religious and more authoritarian." Pakistan understands the complex situation very well and that's why it was pushing the Taliban to opt for a truly inclusive government besides broadening its contacts with other Afghan groups. A visit last week to the Pakistani capital by representatives of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance and other Afghan politicians is a pointer in that regard. In discussing the fallout for Pakistan of the Taliban victory, analysts have by and large focussed on Pakistan as fertile ground for the spread of Taliban-style religious fundamentalism as well as concerns that it would enable TTP to rekindle their campaign of attacks in Pakistan. The TTP is a coalition of Pashtun Islamist groups with close ties to the Afghan Taliban that last year joined forces with several other militant Pakistani groups, including Lashkar-eJhangvi, a violently anti-Shiite Sunni Muslim supremacist organisation. "Pashtuns of the Afghan Taliban will, after a few years in power, find common cause with their Pashtun kinsmen in Pakistan... There are plenty of Pakistani Pashtuns who would prefer the whole of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly NorthWest Frontier Province) to be part of a wider Pashtunistan," predicts scholar and former British ambassador to Pakistan Tim Willasey-Wilsey. In fact, the events of the last 75 years confirm that the main focus of Pakistan's foreign policy has always been anti-Indian in tenor and practice. It became a fertile ground for Mujahideen in the 1970s, as it wanted to exert more influence on the Soviet state as compared to India besides stoking fire in Indian Kashmir. Later it allied with the US just in order to belittle India, but the reality is that Pakistan has always tried to be involved in the Afghan affairs due to the economic gains also and this trend continues even now. The British Foreign Secretary Dominic Rabb, while in Pakistan last week, announced doubling of aid to Afghanistan to 286 million pounds and released the first tranche of 30 million pounds of that to support Afghanistan's regional neighbours including Pakistan. Thus, in a way the foreign aid has not only lined the pockets of Afghan gang lords and politicians but even the Pakistani generals and politicians. Due to this complexity in the Afghan affairs and the recent announcements by senior Taliban leadership with regard to India puts Pakistan in a real quandary. Pakistan might also be concerned after a Taliban official Sher Mohammed Abbas Stanekzai declared in a rare statement on foreign policy that "we give due importance to our political, economic and trade ties with India and we want these ties to continue. We are looking forward to working with India in this regard". Stanekzai is considered to have a soft corner for India, having trained at IMA, Dehradun, during the 1980s, and it is Taliban officials like him and others who might be more pro-India, which puts Pakistan at unease along with the concern that one day the Taliban style thinking might spread through Pakistan also. NEW DELHI: Calling for repuraccess to adequate food. In 2019, posing damaging incentives to nearly three billion people in the agriculture sector that is every region of the world could not afford a healthy diet. price distorting and environmentally and socially harmful, a new "While the majority of agriUnited Nations (UN) report has cultural support today has negasaid reconfiguring agricultural tive effects, nearly $110 billion producer support rather than supports infrastructure, research eliminating it will help fight cliand development, and benefits the general food and agriculture mate change better. The report, 'A multi-billion sector," said a release from dollar opportunity: Repurposing UNDP while quoting the report. agricultural support to transform "Reconfiguring agricultural food systems', launched late on producer support rather than Tuesday night by the Food and eliminating it will help end poverty, eradicate hunger, Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the UN Development Programme achieve food security, improve (UNDP) and the UN Environment nutrition, promote sustainable Programme (UNEP) has found agriculture, foster sustainable that the current support to proconsumption and production, mitigate the climate crisis, ducers mostly consists of price incentives. These price incentives restore nature, limit pollution, such as import tariffs and export and reduce inequalities," it subsidies, as well as fiscal subsiadded. dies are tied to the production of FAO Director General Qu a specific commodity or input. Dongyu said, "This report released on the eve of the UN "These are inefficient, distort food prices, hurt people's health, Food Systems Summit is a wakedegrade the environment, and up call for governments around are often inequitable, putting big the world to rethink agricultural agri-business ahead of smallsupport schemes to make them fit for the purpose to transform holder farmers, a large share of whom are women," the report our agri-food systems and consaid. tribute to the four betters: Better Global support to producnutrition, better production, ers in the agricultural better environment sector amounts to and a better life." $540 billion per Agriculture THESE PRICE year, making is one of the up 15 per INCENTIVES SUCH AS main con- to cent of total tributors IMPORT TARIFFS AND agricultural climate production change EXPORT SUBSIDIES, AS value. By through 2030, this greenWELL AS FISCAL SUBSIDIES house gas is projected ARE TIED TO THE PRODUC- emissions to soar up from difmore than TION OF A SPECIFIC three times to ferent $1.759 trillion. sources, COMMODITY OR "Yet 87 per including INPUT. cent of this supmanure on pasture land, synthetic port, nearly $470 billion, is price distorting fertilizers, rice cultivaand environmentally and socially tion, burning crop residue, and harmful," said the findings of the land-use change. At the same new UN report to achieve more time, agricultural producers are of the 2030 sustainable developparticularly vulnerable to the impact of the climate crisis such ment goals and realise the UN decade of ecosystem restoration. as extreme heat, rising sea levThe report was launched els, drought, floods and locust ahead of the 2021 Food Systems attacks. Summit (September), COP15 on Continuing with support as biodiversity (October) and COP26 usual will worsen the triple planon climate change (November). etary crisis and ultimately harm These events will allow governhuman well-being. Meeting the ments to make multilateral comgoals of the Paris Agreement mitments to rethink outdated requires shifting support espeagricultural subsidies, build a cially in high-income countries better future for the post-Covid for an outsized meat and dairy industry, which accounts for 14.5 era, commit to such a strategy and to coordinate and monitor per cent of global greenhouse its implementation. gas emissions. In lower-income In 2020, up to 811 million countries, governments should people in the world faced chronconsider repurposing their supic hunger and nearly one in port for toxic pesticides and ferthree people in the world (2.37 tilizers or the growth of monocultures. billion) did not have year-round EXISTENTIAL CRISIS IN LEBANON W hile the world it seems has been too occupied with the developments in Afghanistan, another tragedy in the making is currently on in Lebanon -- a country facing one crisis after another. However, the crisis is Lebanon is not new, it's decades old but has worsened in the last two years due to sectarian politics and corrupt politicians, bankers and bureaucrats. The ongoing economic crisis has worsened as the coronavirus pandemic took hold in 2020, followed by the devastating August 2020 Port of Beirut blasts, which has been described by experts as "one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions in history". Following the Beirut explosions, the crisis worsened exponentially. According to The New York Times, the price of consumer goods has "nearly quadrupled", leaving people with barely any access to necessities like food and medicine. Some healthcare companies have run out of medicines "needed to treat cancer and heart disease" as a result of the country being unable to procure products from foreign importers. Fuel has become scarce in Lebanon due to the lack of foreign currency to pay energy suppliers, leading to the closure of power plants, hospitals, and water pumping stations. As a result, civilians have been left without electricity and clean water, as well as the ability to heat or air-condition their homes. And those who want to leave are stuck, as there's no fuel available to fill their vehicles. The ongoing crisis has left almost half of Lebanon's population living in poverty, and has prompted more mass protests to remove the political elite "accused of corruption, mismanagement, and negligence", reports the BBC. In a statement, the Unicef said: "The needs are massive, and the urgent formation of a new government with clear commitments to reform, is critical to tackle the current crisis through determined and systematic action to protect children's lives and ensure access to water and all basic services." Lebanon is at the onset of a serious collapse, Najat Rochdi, the UN deputy special coordinator for Lebanon, warned in an interview with the Efe news agency. "I am not talking about a theoretical scenario that maybe in a few months if nothing gets done the situation is going to collapse. No! We are talking about a serious beginning of a serious collapse and the people are paying a very high price today. "The only solution, the only way to save Lebanon, to save the Lebanese and to save the country is with reforms," she added. Lebanon's political scenario The crisis-battered country has been run by a caretaker government for more than a year due to a lack of political consensus, making it impossible to carry out necessary economic reforms the international community demands from Lebanon. Lebanon is heading toward more "chaos and poverty" if a government is not formed immediately, a Lebanese lawmaker warned, with the end of this week marking 13 months since the resignation of Prime Minister Hassan Diab's administration. Diab stepped down in the wake of the port blasts that devastated the capital, but he has stayed on in a caretaker capacity. President Michel Aoun's term ends in October next year, while Parliament's term ends in May 2022. On whether the President would seek to remain in power after the end of his term as he did in the 1980s, Vice President of the Future Movement, Mustafa Alloush, told Arab News newspa- per that "Aoun will not repeat his experience of fleeing from the presidential palace. He is concerned with passing on politics to Gebran Bassil, his son-in-law, and giving him a clear share in the next formulation of authority". As new Lebanese secular political groups are struggling to organise before the 2022 elections, the sectarian parties are using populist discourse and aid politics to secure the support of their constituencies. Criticism is quite rare among the Lebanese who still support the sectarian political factions that have been in power since the 1990s. According to the researchers and political analysts, despite the vocal social anticorruption movement that has emerged after October 17, 2019 and the recent wins the "thawra groups" have scored in university student councils elections and syndicates, many Lebanese still support the establishment parties. Being sectarian in design, the political class has played on sectarian sentiment since the civil war. Amal Movement was the defendant of the "deprived Shias", while the Free Patriotic Movement's minister Gebran Bassil presents himself as the protector of "Christian Rights" in his political statements. Members of new political movements born from the October 2019 protests say that the "Us vs Them" narrative helps distract attention from the real issues at hand – corruption and impunity. CMYK PAGE 8 CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 33,316,755 TOTAL DEATHS: 443,528 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 226,815,408 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,665,932 BD 6318) going from Ramgarh to Bokaro near Lari in Rajrappa police station area. "The incident was immediately informed to the Rajrappa police station and the fire brigade," an eyewit- NEW DELHI: The Drug Controller General of India has given its approval to the single-dose COVID-19 vaccine version of the Sputnik V vaccine 'Sputnik Light' to conduct trials on the Indian population to check whether the vaccine gives a similar immune response in trials similar to what it has shown on the Russian population. A Subject Expert Committee (SEC) meeting held on August 5 recommended the trial condition based on the efficacy of the vaccine also to be evaluated on the 42nd, 90th, and 180th day following the second dose. "Interim analysis can be conducted on day 42 as this data was generated during the Sputnik V trials in India after the first dose, which was stated to be available up to day 21," reads the minutes of the SEC meeting. Earlier in the month of April, the two-dose version of the vaccine, Sputnik V, was approved for 'emergency use' by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI). According to Dr V K Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog, till now 8- 9 lakh doses of Sputnik V has been administered in India. Sputnik Light, which is the first dose of the original twodose composition, has shown the efficacy of 79 per cent. No leadership structural changes on the anvil: Tata Sons Chairman MUMBAI: Tata Sons Ltd's Chairman Natarajan Chandrasekaran on Wednesday clarified that "no leadership structural changes are on the anvil, as speculated in certain sections of media". On Tuesday, a source-based report by a newswire stated that Tata Sons is considering "historic revamp of its leadership structure by creating a Chief Executive Officer's role to help improve corporate governance". Chandrasekaran's tenure as the Chairman of Tata Sons is coming to an end in February next year. The vacancy created after him fuelled speculation of a revamp in the leadership structure at the conglomerate. "Any such decisions if relevant, are taken by the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. ness said. The door of the Maruti van could not be opened after the accident. Due to which 5 people sitting in the car gutted in fire. The bus has also been completely burnt. Around 20 passengers aboard the Maharaja bus are said to have sustained minor injury. At the same time, Ramgarh Bokaro Highway has been completely closed after the accident. There was of Women' -- 19.0 per cent and 'Rape' -- 7.2 per cent. The number of crimes against women in Delhi has declined by 24.18 per cent last year. The total number of cases reported in 2020 was 9,782 over 12,902 in 2019. Mumbai has also recorded a decrease in crime against women as it recorded 4,583 cases last year in comparison to 6,519 cases in 2019 while Jaipur reported 2,369 cases over 3,417 during the same period. Last year, Bangaluru recorded 2,730 cases over 3,486 in 2019 whereas Hyderabad reported 2,390 cases over 2,755 in the same period. Despite a decreasing trend in almost all cities, Kolkata and Lucknow recorded an increase of over 35 and 8 per cent respectively in crime against women. In 2020, Kolkata record- NEW DELHI : Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved nine structural reforms and five process reforms in the telecom sector. Briefing media about the reforms, Union Minister for Communications Ashwini Vaishnaw said these reforms will change the framework of the entire telecom sector. "They will deepen and broaden the industry," he said. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a bold decision over AGR (adjusted gross revenue) today. A decision has been taken to rationalise the definition of AGR. All nontelecom revenue will be taken out of AGR," the minister informed. He further informed the cabinet meeting, it was decided that penalty on payment of licence fees, spectrum user charges and all kinds of State raises issues of DVC, CIL before NITI Ayog member SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: State government on Wednesday raised 22 issues related to coal, energy, railway revenue, minerals, civil aviation, tribal affairs and road transport during the meeting with NITI Ayog member VK Paul at Project Bhawan on Wednesday. Briefing about the threehour meeting the CM said that he has requested the centre not to deduct the dues of Damodar Valley Corporation from the consolidated fund of the state till the disputes with the corpo- ration are resolved. He said that so far the centre has deducted Rs 2845 crore while Rs 2200 crore is still due. According to information the centre would deduct Rs 1125 crore in December. Soren claimed that state has not got payment by Coal India Limited (CIL) in form of royalty from washed coal and also in lieu of the land acquired by the coal company for its projects. Around 53,000 acre have been acquired by the CIL for its projects in the state. The CM informed, “I have also requested the centre to continue financial assistance Crime against women down by over 21% in cities: NCRB report NEW DELHI: The crime against women in cities has declined by 21.1 per cent in the year 2020 in comparison to 2019, the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) said in its latest report. As per the data, a total of 35,331 cases of crime against women were registered last year whereas the number of cases in 2019 was 44,783, showing a decrease of 21.1 per cent. It also disclosed that majority of cases under crime against women were registered under 'Cruelty by Husband or his Relatives' -30.2 per cent, followed by 'Assault on Women with Intent to Outrage her Modesty' -- 19.7 per cent, 'Kidnapping and Abduction a long queue of vehicles on both sides. In another incident, three people were killed and two sustained injuries when the car in which they were traveling overturned after colliding with a road divider near Kuju Four lane on Ranchi-Patna road in Mandu block of Ramgarh district. Police said,"Five youths were seriously injured when the car overturned on the Bongabar four lane of Kuju OP area of Ramgarh district on Wednesday morning. Two youths died on way to Sadar Hospital Ramgarh for treatment. Three injured youths, referred to RIMS Ranchi for better treatment." The police said the passengers were going to Rajrappa shrine for worship. The deceased have been identified as Mohit Kumar, Golu Kumar and Deepak Kumar Jha. Union Cabinet approves nine structural reforms, five process reforms in telecom sector ed 2,001 cases over 1,474 in 2019 while Lucknow recorded 2,636 cases against 2,425 in 2019. Under the dowry death cases under section 304 B(IPC) in 2020, a total of 358 cases were reported while Delhi recorded the highest number of cases 109 followed by 48 cases in Lucknow while Kanpur and Jaipur recorded 30 and 26 cases respectively. A total of 10,733 cases of cruelty by husband or his relatives under sections 498A (IPC) were reported in cities in 2020 and Delhi recorded the highest number with 2,570 cases, followed by Hyderabad with 1,226 and Jaipur with 1,043 cases. In 2020, as many as 5,599 women were victims of kidnapping & abduction in cities under section 336(IPC) while Delhi recorded 2,637 cases, followed by 484 cases in Bangluru and 335 cases in Indore. to 13 left wing extremist affected (LWE) districts in the state. The centre has reduced the numbers of LWE district from 13 to eight in the state.” He said that state government also demanded a sum of Rs 312 crore to fight malnutrition in the state. Soren said, “We have demanded allotment of vaccine in advance so that process could be speeded up.” He said that state government has requested that a socio economic impact assessment should be carried out in the mining area so that its impact on local people is ascertained. He said that people living in the mineral areas are getting affected by various diseases. The requested that minerals related projects need to be established in the state adding at present the resources are being sent out for processing. While pointing out that government has framed new policy for small and new industries, the CM said SC and ST entrepreneurs be given tax relief so that they people could also take up industrial projects. During the meeting state government also demanded framing of a new policy for the betterment of the SC, ST population. The CM said that the state government has limited resources adding the centre should help it face various challenges. He said that policies must be formed on basis of the problems faced by the state. VK Paul said that Niti Ayog is acting as a link to maintain better relation and coordination between the centre and the state. He praised the state efforts in handling Covid pandemic. Minister Rameshwar Oraon, chief secretary Sukheo Singh, development commissioner Arun Kumar Singh and senior officers of various central government departments took part in the meeting through offline and online modes. charges have been completely scrapped. "There was a regime of heavy interest, penalty and interest on penalty on payment of licence fees, spectrum user charges and all kinds of charges. It has been rationalised today. Annual compounding (of interest) will be done instead of monthly compounding," said the minister. "A reasonable interest rate of Marginal Cost of Funds based Lending Rate (MCLR) plus 2 per cent interest rate has been offered and the penalty has been completely scrapped," he added. Vaishnaw said the move will pave way for large-scale investments in the telecom sector. "Investment means employment - more the investment, more the employment," he stated. PM MODI, VENKAIAH NAIDU, OM BIRLA LAUNCH SANSAD TV NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, on Wednesday launched the Sansad TV. The launch date coincides with the International Day of Democracy, informed the official communique by the Prime Minister's Office. Sansad TV has been launched after merging the Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV channels. The 24hour channel, through its content, will showcase the democratic ethos and the functioning of democratic institutions of the country with an aim to target national and international audiences. In February 2021, the decision to merge Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV was taken and Ravi Capoor- a retired IAS officer, was appointed as its CEO in March. Sansad TV programming will primarily be in four categories - functioning of Parliament and democratic institutions, governance and implementation of schemes/policies, history and culture of India and issues/interests/concerns of contemporary nature. Taliban call for lifting of sanctions against ‘Islamic Emirate’ KABUL [AFGHANISTAN]: Afghanistan's new acting Foreign Minister Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi has called for sanctions to be lifted against the 'Islamic Emirate'. Speaking at a presser in Kabul, Muttaqi on Tuesday called on Afghan expats to return home to help develop the country, Ariana News reported. He said the Islamic Emirate is willing to work with all countries including the US but made it clear they "will not be dictated to". Muttaqi added, "we can not allow any sanctions or embargoes" to be imposed on Afghanistan. Last week, the Taliban formed the interim "Islamic Emirate", appointing in its new government hardliners who oversaw the fight against the US-led military coalition. The cabinet members consist of many Taliban figures that are on the UN Sanctions List. Taliban had announced the caretaker government of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, naming Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund as interim prime minister and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a co-founder of the group, as his deputy. After the Taliban announced its interim government that included UNdesignated terrorists, the US reacted by saying that the UNSC will base any decisions on de-listing terrorists, based on the Taliban's human rights policies. Meanwhile, on the issue of further sanctions on the Taliban, the group's spokesperson Suhail Shaheen in a recent interview was seen on the backfoot. He said it would be a kind of injustice against the people of Afghanistan to impose sanctions. "While we are turning a new page which is a phase of the construction of Afghan peace, for the people of Afghanistan, they impose sanctions at this critical phase. ... So, I think it would be a great and blatant injustice to impose sanctions against the people of Afghanistan at this most critical of times," Shaheen said in an interview with China's Global Times.