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Taliban deputy leader arrives in Afghanistan from Qatar

The Taliban at present pledged they’re dedicated to peace quite than revenge in their first press convention in Kabul, as the person tipped to be Afghanistan’s subsequent leader arrived again in the nation after an exile of 20 years.

Continuing on from their earlier claims that this could be a extra tolerant regime, spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid pledged that ‘there’s a large distinction between us and the Taliban of 20 years in the past’ and that girls wouldn’t face any discrimination.

Just minutes earlier than the hour-long press convention, it was confirmed that Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban’s deputy leader and co-founder, had arrived again in Kandahar from Qatar, with what was described as a high-level delegation. 

‘We are going to determine what sort of legal guidelines shall be offered to the nation. This would be the duty of the federal government with the participation of all individuals,’ the Taliban’s spokesperson claimed in the press convention on Tuesday.

Amid fears that girls in Afghanistan would be the ones to undergo most underneath the Taliban’s rule – having been denied employment and schooling amongst many different freedoms in the course of the group’s brutal reign from 1996 to 2001 – Mujahid tried to ease such considerations, whereas nonetheless saying ladies would dwell underneath Sharia regulation.

‘[We] are dedicated to the rights of girls underneath the system of sharia,’ Mujahid stated. ‘They are going to be working shoulder to shoulder with us. We want to guarantee the worldwide neighborhood that there shall be no discrimination.’   

Pictured: Zabihullah Mujahid, chief spokesman for the Taliban, speaks throughout a press conferenc in Kabul on Tuesday, August 17, 2021. For years, Mujahid had been a shadowy determine issuing statements on behalf of the militants

Mujahid additionally confirmed the Taliban’s intention to type a authorities, and made assurances that its form shall be introduced as soon as it has been accomplished.

‘Afghanistan can have a powerful Islamic authorities,’ he stated. ‘What the identify and make-up shall be, let’s depart that to political leaders. I can guarantee you it’ll have robust Islamic values.’

When requested by a reporter whether or not the Taliban would surrender terrorist group Al-Qaeda, Mujahid answered evasively, saying the group wouldn’t allow overseas fighters to make use of Afghanistan ‘in opposition to anyone’.

‘I want to guarantee the worldwide neighborhood that no person shall be harmed,’ Mujahid stated from the previous authorities’s media data centre in Kabul, talking right into a row of microphones.

‘We don’t wish to have any issues with the worldwide neighborhood,’ he added, earlier than defending the Taliban’s proper to ‘act in accordance with our non secular rules.’

‘Other international locations have completely different approaches, guidelines and rules… the Afghans have the appropriate to have their very own guidelines and rules in accordance with our values.’ 

The spokesman advised that the Taliban meant to place the final 20 years behind them, claiming that the group is ‘not going to revenge anyone, we would not have grudges in opposition to anyone’. 

‘We wish to ensure Afghanistan will not be the battlefield of battle anymore. We wish to grant amnesty to those that have fought in opposition to us,’ he stated.

He described the Taliban’s ’20 year battle for freedom, emancipating the nation type occupation,’ and stated of the latest incursion: ‘This was our proper, we’ve got achieved our proper, I want to thank God for bringing us to this stage.’

There have additionally been considerations that the Taliban would limit media and journalists inside the nation. Mujahid additionally tried to allay these fears in Tuesdays convention.

‘I want to guarantee the media that we’re dedicated to the media inside our cultural frameworks’, Mujahid stated. ‘Private media can proceed to be free and unbiased.

‘Islam is essential in our nation… Therefore Islamic values needs to be taken into consideration on the subject of the media, to creating your programmes.

‘Impartiality of the media is essential, they will critique our work in order that we will enhance. But the media shouldn’t work in opposition to us’, he added. 

‘I want to guarantee the worldwide neighborhood that no person shall be harmed,’ Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid stated from the previous authorities’s media data centre in Kabul, talking right into a row of microphones (pictured)

Mujahid put specific emphasis on individuals being secure underneath the brand new Taliban regime, and that factor can be completely different from over 20 years in the past.

‘In your properties, no person goes to hurt you, no person goes to be interrogated or chased, those that have knocked on doorways to examine homes are abusers, they’re going to be pursued and investigated,’ he stated. 

‘Thousands of troopers who fought us for 20 years, after the tip of occupation, they’ve been pardoned. Those who’re on the airport ready, after they come again to their properties, they are going to be secure… we wish to give them confidence.’

The Taliban’s spokesman stated that the group has pardoned everyone for the steadiness and peace of Afghanistan,’ and stated any hurt brought about in the latest incursion was ‘one of many uncomfortable side effects of battle’.

‘An enormous occupying pressure was defeated, it was unimaginable for us to emancipate the nation, with out accidents, with out harms, with out hurts.’ 

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban’s co-founder and deputy leader, has arrived again in the nation from Qatar, a spokesman has stated (file picture)

Baradar, reported to have been certainly one of Mullah Omar’s most trusted commanders, was captured in 2010 by safety forces in the southern Pakistani metropolis of Karachi and launched in 2018. 

Just 9 months in the past, Baradar posed for footage with Donald Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to signal a peace deal in Doha which at present lies in tatters.

On Sunday, his forces seized Kabul and he’s now tipped to change into Afghanistan’s subsequent leader in a reversal of fortune which humiliates Washington.  

While Haibatullah Akhundzada is the Taliban’s total leader, Baradar is head of its political office and one of the recognisable faces of the chiefs who’ve been concerned in peace talks in Qatar. 

The 53-year-old was deputy leader underneath ex-chief Mullah Mohammed Omar, whose assist for Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden led to the US-led invasion of Afghanistan after 9/11.   

The Taliban’s former chief Mullah Mohammed Omar based of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in 1996 with Baradar. Omar’s demise was introduced in 2015 – two years after he succumbed to TB. 

Mullah Omar bestowed the title ‘brother’ upon Baradar as an indication of affection.