Taliban has promised to protect rights of women and ensure press freedom in Afghanistan. According to the group’s first news conference sequel to its surprising takeover of government, the group said the Tiliban co-founder has returned to the country to partner in leadership.
“We will allow women to work and study in the country. We have got frameworks ready on ground, of course. All Afgan Women are going to be very actively carried along in the society but within the framework of Islam faith,” Zabihullah Mujahid who is the group’s spokesman, further said at the first press conference in Kabul city.
Subsequent to the offensive attack across Afghanistan main cities that saw many places fell with little resistance, the group has sought to represent itself as more considerate than when it imposed a brutal and very harsh rule of law in the late 1990s when they were in power.
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Mr Mujahid who had been a hidden figure for years do to several past rebel activities, narrated that “women will be taken along” adding that “all Afgan women are going to work shoulder to shoulder with the present government.”
On pressing how the new government of Taliban will differentiate itself from the oust one, Mr Mujahid cleared that the group has sprang and will never take the same I’ll actions they did in the past which brough several critics to their past rules.
“There will be a clear difference in terms the actions we are going to take” when with the 20 years ago, he stated.
The group is going to be committed to protecting all rights of journalists, Mr Mujahid assured the journalists that were gathered.
“We are going to be committed to the press within our lay down cultural frameworks. All private press bodies can continue to be very free and independent from today. They can all continue their activities,” he said.
Mr. Mujahid also stated that the Taliban group has no single plans to enter citizen’s homes or carry out any retaliatory attacks on anyone who have served in the past governments, worked with foreign bodies or were by any way part of the Afghanistan National Security Forces.
There have been circulation of an unconfirmed rumours of Taliban forces entering homes of people residing within Kabul, but Mujahid cleared that those doing that are impostors who should be handed to the Taliban government for appropriate punishment.
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who is one of the Taliban group’s co-founder (now deputy leader of the group, arrived in Afganistan second-largest city Kandahar from city of Doha, Qatar where he had spent several months leading key talks with the United States and other Afghan peace negotiators. Kandahar is known to be the Taliban’s real spiritual place of birth and capital during their first period in power.
The arrival of the group’s cofounder, Baradar, may signal a clear deal on forming a government. But in a possible unclear situation, the vice president of the oust government has claimed on a Twitter post that he was the Afgan’s “legitimate” caretaker president.
Mr Amrullah Saleh said, under Afganistan constitution, he should be the president because President Ashraf Ghani has fled the country for safety.