Afghanistan : How We'll Treat Women - Taliban - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Afghanistan : How We'll Treat Women - Taliban

                          •The Taliban 

By Abdullah Ahmed

The Taliban on Tuesday gave insight into what the people of Afghanistan should expect from the new government  of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

The Taliban said  that women’s rights will be protected in Afghanistan but within the provisions  allowed by the Islamic law.

“The women are going to be very active in the society, but within the framework of Islam,” Zabihullah Mujahid, the group’s spokesperson said, after the group held its first official press briefing in Kabul, on Tuesday, since taking power on Sunday.

The Taliban, when it first took over Afghanistan in the 1990s, took away freedom from women, they were forbidden  to  work and attend secular schools; were also confined to their homes and only allowed to go out under strict escort by male relatives.

But speaking during a media briefing, Zabihullah Mujahid assured that the past fate would not befall them in the new government. 

“We are going to allow women to work and study within our frameworks. Women are going to be very active within our society, but within the framework of Islam,” Mujahid said.

“They are going to be working shoulder to shoulder with us. We would like to assure the international community that there will be no discrimination.”

He said the group will not bring harm  to anyone, and that it is mostly concerned with restoring peace and progress to the country.

“I would like to assure the international community that nobody will be harmed,” he said.

“We do not want to have any problems with the international community. We have the right to act according to our religious principles. Other countries have different approaches, rules and regulations; the Afghans have the right to have their own rules and regulations in accordance with our values.

“We will take very serious steps to improve our economy. We want to make sure Afghanistan is no longer a battlefield of conflict.

“We have pardoned all those who have fought against us. Animosities have come to an end. We don’t want any external or internal enemies.”

“In Afghanistan, I would like to assure our neighbours, our original countries we are not going to allow our territory to be used against anybody or any country in the world. So, the whole global community should be assured that we are committed to these pleasures that you will not be harmed.”

The Taliban also said it wants peaceful relations with other countries.

“We don’t want any internal or external enemies,” AlJazeera quotes Mr Mujahid as saying while encouraging Afghans who had fled to the airport with their families to return.

He also said private media would be permitted to “remain independent” if journalists “did not work against national values.”

The group had earlier declared an “amnesty” across Afghanistan and urged women to join its government.

AlJazeera reports that they Taliban is trying to calm nerves across a tense capital city that only the day before saw chaos at its airport as thousands made desperate attempts to flee.

However,  evacuation flights from Afghanistan resumed on Tuesday as a Western security official told the Reuters news agency that the Kabul airport’s tarmac and runway – which troops from the United States control – were now clear of crowds.

The official said military flights evacuating diplomats and civilians from Afghanistan have started taking off.

Not less than seven people died in Monday’s chaos, including people who clung to the sides of a jet as it took off.

The Taliban has declared the war in Afghanistan over and a senior leader said the group would wait until foreign forces had left before creating a new governance structure, Al Jazeera reports.

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