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Rabbani government in control of Kabul

As the Northern Alliance forces entered Kabul on Tuesday, the Burhanuddin Rabbani government took control of the situation in the capital and started discussions to decide on the kind of administration to be established there.

"The government of President Burhanuddin Rabbani, which is recognised by the United Nations and the international community, has taken control of the situation in Kabul and discussions are on to decide on the kind of administration to be established there," Afghan Ambassador to India Masood Khalili said.

"We cannot keep Kabul in vacuum and let looting and other kinds of things to take place," he said.

Stating that the Northern Alliance was in favour of a broad-based government in Afghanistan, Khalili said Rabbani and his advisers were discussing on "how to ensure security and stability in Kabul".

Asked whether Rabbani had moved into Kabul city, he said the president was outside the capital and controlling things from there.

He said a column of only 2,500 Northern Alliance troops had entered Kabul to help establish security of the capital and secure its southern borders.

Other personnel were waiting outside Kabul, Khalili said.

The ambassador said the Northern Alliance would not tolerate Pakistan influencing the nature of government in Afghanistan.

Admitting that diplomatic efforts had played a key role in the developments in Afghanistan, Khalili said the current momentum should not be stopped.

Referring to the retreat of Taleban forces from Kabul, Khalili said if the withdrawal was tactical, it would not be allowed to succeed.

Asked whether the unity among the constituents of the Northern Alliance would be maintained, he said so far the amalgam had displayed unity and hoped it would continue.

PTI

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