The Taliban Islamic movement, which seized power in Afghanistan, held its first press conference. Broadcast ledin particular the Al Jazeera website. The Taliban have promised that peace, stability and economic growth will come to the country under their leadership.
A spokesman for the movement, Zabihullah Mujahid, said the Taliban do not want hostile relations with anyone on the world stage. According to him, the Taliban will not allow Afghanistan “to remain a field of conflict.”
After “20 years of struggle, we drove away the foreigners” and “a moment of pride for the whole nation” has come, Mujahid stressed. According to him, the Taliban movement “does not seek revenge” on anyone for past grievances, it “forgave everyone.”
“No one will harm you, no one will knock on your doors,” Mujahid said, addressing former military personnel, translators and other government officials under the previous regime.
He once again assured that the Taliban are ready for direct contacts with other countries. According to Mujahid, all embassies and NGOs in the country are completely safe. The Taliban also pledges not to allow anyone to use the country’s territory as a base for attacks against other states.
The Mujahid assured that the country will protect the rights of women, they will be allowed to lead an active lifestyle, but in compliance with Sharia. He also allowed the participation of women in political life and their presence in power.
Women will be required to wear a hijab that leaves an open face, and not a burqa – clothing that completely hides the body and face. “These are not our rules, but the rules of Islam. They exist for the safety of women, ”Mujahid explained. According to him, “thousands of schools continue to operate” in Afghanistan.
A Taliban spokesman assured that the group will not destroy the independence of the media, unless journalists “undermine national values” by their work.
The new government will pay attention to the country’s economic recovery. “The economic situation will improve. We will take serious steps to achieve this, to improve the living conditions of people, ”he said.
The Afghan government, which is being formed by the Taliban, will be able to perform better than the previous government, Mujahid said. “We will run the country, and then you can compare our results with what those who fled from here have achieved”, – quotes his Interfax.
According to Mujahid, the Taliban are “actively working to form a new government.” Earlier in the movement stated that they will try to make this government inclusive. “It will be a strong Islamic government, I can promise you that. It will protect our values and serve the people, ”Mujahid promised. He added that the government will start work in a few days.
“After that, law and order will reign in the country. Be patient a little, ”Zabihullah Mujahid said. He stressed that the movement “does not want battles and war, but wants peace and stability.” At the same time, he warned that “if you need to fight,” the Taliban “know how to do it.” “You saw it yourself,” he added.
The Taliban occupied Kabul on August 15. Senior officials, including Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, fled the country. Local residents hoping to evacuate are storming the Kabul airport because they do not believe the promises of the Taliban. The worst fears are already being confirmed. For example, with the rise of the Taliban to power in Afghanistan have become more frequent cases of sexual slavery and coercion of women into marriage. The militants began taking 12-year-old girls into sexual slavery. According to press reports, Taliban commanders are demanding that the elders of the occupied areas draw up lists of unmarried women in order to forcibly marry them off to their soldiers.