A Taliban spokesman has pledged to honor women’s rights, but within the norms of Islamic law.
Zabihullah Mujahid made the comment Tuesday at his first news conference. For years, he had been a shadowy figure issuing statements on behalf of the militants.
His assertion that the Taliban would protect women’s rights comes after the Taliban’s earlier rule saw women’s lives and rights severely restricted.
“I would like to assure the international community that nobody will be harmed,” Zabihullah Mujahid says.
“We do not want to have any problems with the international community,” the Taliban spokesman added.
“We have the right to act according to our religious principles. Other countries have different approaches, rules and regulations… the Afghans have the right to have their own rules and regulations in accordance with our values.”
“[We] are committed to the rights of women under the system of sharia,” Mujahid says.
“They are going to be working shoulder to shoulder with us. We would like to assure the international community that there will be no discrimination.”
“All our sisters, all our women are secure. Our God, our Quran, says women are a very important part of our society”
Taliban spokesman says if Afghan women “continue to live according to Sharia, we will be happy, they will be happy”
We had to enter Kabul
“We do not want to see choas in Kabul,” the Taliban spokesman says.
“Our plan was to stop at the gates of Kabul so the transition process could be completed smoothly.”
“But unfortunately, the previous government was so incompetent… their security forces could not do anything to ensure security. We had to do something.”
“We had to enter Kabul to ensure the security of the residents,” Mujahid says.
Taliban: We don’t want any enemies
“We want to make sure Afghanistan is no longer a battlefield of conflict,” the spokesman says.
“We have pardoned all those who have fought against us. Animosities have come to an end”
“We don’t want any external or internal enemies,” spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid adds.
Mujahid also said the Taliban wanted private media to “remain independent,” but stressed journalists “should not work against national values.”
Mujahid also stressed that Afghanistan would not allow itself to harbor anyone targeting other nations. That was a key demand in a deal the militants struck with the Trump administration in 2020 that led to the ultimate U.S. withdraw under current President Joe Biden.
He promised the insurgents would secure Afghanistan after they took over the country following a blitz that lasted over a week.
He said the insurgents sought no revenge and insisted that everyone had been pardoned by the Taliban, even if they worked with the former government or with foreign governments or forces.
“We assure you that nobody will go to their doors to ask why they helped,” he said.
Many Afghans have expressed fear that the Taliban will return the country the brutal rule they used when last in charge, and foreign officials have said they will wait to see if the insurgents make good on their promises.