Taliban deputy leader arrives in Afghanistan from Qatar

The Taliban right now 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 is able to 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 ladies 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 will probably be offered to the nation. This would be the duty of the federal government with the participation of all folks,’ the Taliban’s spokesperson claimed in the press convention on Tuesday.

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

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

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

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 kind a authorities, and made assurances that its form will probably be introduced as soon as it has been accomplished.

‘Afghanistan can have a robust Islamic authorities,’ he mentioned. ‘What the identify and make-up will probably be, let’s go away that to political leaders. I can guarantee you it’ll have sturdy Islamic values.’

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

‘I wish to guarantee the worldwide neighborhood that no person will probably be harmed,’ Mujahid mentioned 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 based on our non secular rules.’

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

The spokesman recommended that the Taliban meant to place the final 20 years behind them, claiming that the group is ‘not going to revenge anyone, we shouldn’t have grudges towards anyone’. 

‘We wish to make certain Afghanistan will not be the battlefield of battle anymore. We wish to grant amnesty to those that have fought towards us,’ he mentioned.

He described the Taliban’s ’20 12 months wrestle for freedom, emancipating the nation kind occupation,’ and mentioned of the latest incursion: ‘This was our proper, we have now achieved our proper, I wish to thank God for bringing us to this stage.’

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

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

‘Islam is essential in our nation… Therefore Islamic values must be taken under consideration in relation to the media, to growing your programmes.

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

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

Mujahid put explicit emphasis on folks being protected underneath the brand new Taliban regime, and that factor can be completely different from over twenty years in the past.

‘In your houses, 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 mentioned. 

‘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 houses, they are going to be protected… we wish to give them confidence.’

The Taliban’s spokesman mentioned that the group has pardoned all people for the soundness and peace of Afghanistan,’ and mentioned any hurt precipitated in the latest incursion was ‘one of many unwanted effects of battle’.

‘An enormous occupying power was defeated, it was unattainable 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 back in the country from Qatar, a spokesman has said (file image)

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

Baradar, reported to have been considered 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 right now lies in tatters.

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

While Haibatullah Akhundzada is the Taliban’s general leader, Baradar is head of its political workplace and some 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 dying was introduced in 2015 – two years after he succumbed to TB. 

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