The Taliban announced an “amnesty” for government workers across Afghanistan and urged women to join the government in an attempt to calm the tension of thousands of people rushing to the Kabul airport to leave the country.
Enamullah Samangani, a member of the Taliban Cultural Council, made comments on Tuesday for the first time since President Ashraf Ghani fled the country after the organization took over. Comment on the governance of the country.
Although there were no major reports of abuse or fighting in Kabul, after the Taliban took over the prison, the prison was emptied, the armory was looted, and many residents remained at home and remained fearful.
Older generations remember that stoning, amputation and public executions were the norm during the Taliban’s rule from 1996 to 2001. After the attack on the United States on September 11, 2001, the organization was dismissed in a US-led invasion.
“The Islamic Emirate does not want women to be victims,” Samangani said in a television interview with the Afghan national television station RTA, using the organization’s name to represent Afghanistan. “According to Sharia law, they should be in the government structure.”
He added: “The structure of the government is not yet fully clear, but based on experience, there should be a fully Islamic leadership and all parties should join.”
However, Samangani remains vague about other details, which means that people already know the rules of Islamic law that the Taliban want them to abide by.
“Our people are Muslims, and we are not here to force them to convert to Islam,” he said.
During the Taliban rule (1996-2001), as part of the strict interpretation of Islamic law, women were largely restricted to the home. In recent years, the armed group has sought to be more moderate, but many Afghans remain skeptical.
Evacuation is in progress
On Tuesday, NATO’s senior civilian representative in Afghanistan, Stefano Pontekovo, posted a video on the Internet showing that there was no one on the runway of the airport and the US military on the tarmac.
He wrote on Twitter that the runway “is open.” “I saw the plane landing and taking off.”
Overnight, flight tracking data showed that a U.S. Marine Corps KC-130J Hercules aircraft parked at the airport and then took off to Qatar, where Udeid Air Force Base and the front headquarters of the U.S. Central Command are located.
At the same time, the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the first German military transport plane had landed in Kabul, but “due to the chaotic situation” it could only carry 7 people, and then it had to take off again.
According to reports from the Press Trust of India and National Television, a special military flight carrying about 120 Indian officials landed in Gujarat in western India after taking off from Kabul on Tuesday.
Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that the staff of the Swedish Embassy in Kabul has returned to Sweden.
Chaos at Kabul Airport
Thousands of Afghans arrived on Monday Kabul’s main airportSome people were so eager to escape from the Taliban that they caught a military plane taking off and crashed and died. US officials said at least seven people were killed in the chaos.
The International Committee of the Red Cross stated that thousands of people were injured in the fighting throughout Afghanistan.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said: “The world is following events in Afghanistan with a heavy heart and is deeply disturbed by the prospects for the future.”
The staunch U.S. President Joe Biden said on Monday that he Standing “Totally support” his decision to withdraw the U.S. military, and acknowledged the “distressing” scenes that took place in Kabul. Biden said he was faced with a choice, either to comply with the negotiated withdrawal agreement, or to send thousands of soldiers back to start the Third Decade of War.
Biden said in a televised speech at the White House: “Twenty years later, I have learned with difficulty that it has never been a good time to withdraw troops.”
Negotiations between the Taliban and several Afghan government officials appear to be continuing, including former President Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah who was the chairman of the country’s negotiating committee. President Ashraf Ghani fled the country earlier in the Taliban attack, and his whereabouts remain unknown.
An official with direct knowledge of the talks said that the senior Taliban leader Amir Khan Mutaki arrived in Kabul from Qatar. He declined to be named because he did not have the right to brief reporters. Muttaqi was the former Minister of Higher Education during the Taliban’s last rule. Before Ghani fled, he had begun contact with Afghan government officials.