Taliban Says No Threat To World From Afghanistan

Tuesday’s statement by the Taliban that there is no threat to Afghanistan was made after the Taliban took control of the country in the aftermath of the collapse of the democratic government and the withdrawal of most of the western troops.

The Taliban held their first news briefing after seizing Kabul. They also stated that they would respect women’s rights and allow free media within Islamic law. This suggests a more relaxed approach than their rule of 20 years ago.

As he declared that an Islamic government would soon be established in Afghanistan, Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesperson, said to reporters: “The Islamic Emirate is promising to all countries that no threat to any country from Afghanistan will be made.”

He said that “We want to create a government that includes everyone,” and that they wanted an end to war.

“We don’t want any external or internal enemies. He said that we don’t have any animus toward anyone, and that our leader had ordered us to pardon everyone.

Zabihullah Mujahid stated that there will not be any retribution against anyone. This includes former military personnel and foreign force workers. He said, “No one will search their home.”

He said that Afghanistan has the right to use rules that reflect the values of its people. Therefore, it is important for other countries to respect these rules.

The Taliban spokesperson claimed that discrimination will not be made against women and that they would provide women with their rights, based on Islam. He said that women can work in the healthcare sector and other areas “wherever they are needed”.

The Taliban also used Islamic law or Shariah to guide their rule from 1996 to 2001. They made it impossible for women to work and used public stoning as punishments. The Taliban banned girls from going to school, and required women to wear burqas that covered their entire body to go out.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesperson, said Tuesday that all media outlets should continue to cover their activities. He said that three recommendations were made by him: They should not broadcast any broadcasts that contradict Islamic values; they should be impartial and no broadcast should go against our national interests.

Stephane Dujarric, UN spokesperson, responded to reporters in New York by saying: “We will have to see what actually occurs and I think we’ll need to witness acts on the ground in relation to promises kept.”

According to the European Union, cooperation with Afghanistan’s government after the Taliban’s return would be possible only if the Taliban respected fundamental rights including women’s.

Josep Borrell (EU foreign policy chief) stated that the EU has called on the Taliban to comply with international humanitarian law under all circumstances.

The Taliban news conference was held as diplomats and civilians were evacuated by the United States and Western allies. It happened after scenes of chaos at Kabul’s airport. Afghans seeking refuge from the Taliban thronged the terminal.

Amrullah Saleh, the Afghan First Vice President, said that he was present in Afghanistan and that he declared himself to be the “legitimate president”. He also stated that he would not bow down to Kabul’s new rulers.

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By Michael Caine

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