A leader has announced that music will be banned in and women will be required to travel with a male chaperone on trips that last several days, even as he promises the Taliban will be more liberal than they were 20 years ago.
In an interview with the , Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said while women will eventually be allowed to return to work and go on trips to school, and hospitals, they would need a male chaperone for trips that last several days.
And music will be banned in the country.
‘Music is forbidden in Islam, but we’re hoping that we can persuade people not to do such things, instead of pressure them,’ Mujahid said.
Still, he said, things will be different under this Taliban rule than the previous regime.
‘We want to build the future and forget what happened in the past,’ he said, rejecting reports that the Taliban is already extracting vengeance on those who opposed them and are trying to reimpose the harsh restrictions on women that made them notorious when they first took control in 1996.
In an interview with the New York Times, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said while women will eventually be allowed to return to work and go on trips to school, and hospitals, they would need a male chaperone for trips that last several days
He suggested to the New York Times that the Taliban will let women return to their jobs in the future – as long as they wear a head covering – and said concerns that the Taliban would once again force women to stay inside or cover their faces are baseless.
During their previous time in power, Afghan women could only leave the house in a burqa – a shapeless covering which covers the head and entire body, with only a fabric mesh to see out of.
He also said that those with proper travel documents will be able to leave the country, and that his regime will not hunt down former interpreters and others who have worked with the American military over the years, but expressed frustration at American evacuation efforts.
‘They shouldn’t interfere in our country and take out our human resources: doctors, professors and other people we need here,’ Mujahid said. ‘In America, they might become dishwashers or cooks. It’s inhuman.’
But, he said, he is still hopeful that the Taliban could build good relationships with the international community, saying they have already cooperated with international leaders on issues like counterterrorism, opium eradication and the reduction of refugees to the West.
Taliban fighters stood guard at a checkpoint in Kabul, Afghanistan
The Taliban promises they will be more liberal under their new regime
The terrorist group had previously been in control of Afghanistan from 1996 – 2001
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Mujahid’s remarks come one day after he announced at a press conference that women should remain inside ‘until we have a new procedure’ in place, while the Taliban trains its forces not to harass women.
‘We are worried our forces, who are new and have not been yet trained very well, may mistreat women,’ he said. ‘We don’t want our forces, God forbid, to harm or harass women.’
In the meantime, he said, women’s salaries will be paid in their homes, echoing what Ahmadullah Waseq, the deputy of the Taliban’s cultural affairs committee, told the Times: that the Taliban has ‘no problems with working women’ as long as they wear hijabs.
Mujahid expressed his frustration with America’s efforts to evacuate Afghanis who helped the military over the past 20 years. Here evacuees are seen boarding a Coeing C-17 Globemaster III during an evacuation at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport
Afghans line up outside a bank to take out cash as people keep waiting at Hamid Karzai International Airport to leave the country after Taliban’s takeover
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said today she has ‘no additional information’ on the stranded students when asked and appeared confused at the report.
‘I’m happy to take their information if there’s something more detailed,’ she said.
The U.S. has ramped up their airlifts and have evacuated 19,000 people in the last 24 hours and have already started pulling out military forces with just six days until the deadline, which Biden has promised to stick to.
Desperate Afghan men, women and children have swarmed the airport in a bid to get out amid fears of an attack from the Islamic State offshoot ISIS-K and 10,000 evacuees are inside the gates waiting to get out.
Hundreds of people gather near an airport evacuation control checkpoint. American civilians and Afghan allies have just 72 hours before evacuations end, a CIA officer told DailyMail.com
Fears of a stampede toward the airport are concerning officials as the withdrawal winds down and people grow more desperate to flee
American troops and the CIA have been conducting rescue missions to get people stranded outside of the airport to safety
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‘It is hard to overstate the complexity and danger of this effort. We are operating in an hostile environment, in a city and country now controlled by the Taliban, with a very real possibility of an ISIS-K attack,’ Blinken said Wednesday.
Asked to take responsibility for the chaos, he responded: ‘I take responsibility. I know the president has said he takes responsibility.’
‘There will be plenty of time to look back at the last six or seven months, to look back at the last 20 years and to see what we might have done differently,’ as well as sooner or more effectively,’ he said.
Blinken said right now his ‘entire focus is on the mission at hand.’
It was also revealed that a military operation recovered ‘less than 20 people’ by helicopter from Kabul under cover of darkness and brought them safely to the airport for evacuation. It comes in addition to two other operations outside the airport walls confirmed by the Pentagon, including a mission to bring 169 Americans ‘over the wall’ that Biden announced Monday.
‘So last night, during the period of darkness, there was an operation to be able to go out and safely evacuate evacuees back into Kabul. They’re at [Hamid Karzai International Airport], and they’re safely there preparing to be evacuated,’ Army Maj. Gen. Hank Taylor said at a Pentagon briefing Wednesday.
In a White House briefing the same day Psaki said the administration suspected many of the 1,000 prospective Americans who may be looking to leave are dual-citizens or ‘people who may not be ready to leave for a variety of reasons.’
‘For many of these Afghans, this is their home. And yes they are dual-citizens, yes it is absolutely our responsibility to make sure we are reaching out to them multiple times. We are providing opportunity, we are finding ways to get them to the airport to evacuate them, but it is also their personal decision on whether they want to depart,’ she said.
During the briefing Psaki was asked how the Biden administration will determine whether every American who wants to leave will get to do so by the deadline.
The press secretary clarified that some of those Americans could ‘have not yet decided to depart by August 31.’
‘We know that is a potential, so therefore we’re looking at a range of options for how we can allow them to depart and enable them to depart after that date and time,’ she said.
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