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Sunday, 21 July 2024 – 09:20

Taliban ‘wants the world to trust us’ and does not want enemies, says spokesperson

The Taliban have said that their top priority in Afghanistan is ‘security and peace’, adding that they ‘want the world to trust us’.

In a news conference on Tuesday, Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the group said that their main priority is to ‘maintain law and order in Kabul’ and that they do not want fighting in Afghanistan. According to the group, Taliban forces have been instructed not to harm anybody or stop people unnecessarily.

The news conference comes after the Taliban took power in Kabul, having taken control of most other parts of the country in recent days. 

The group have said they are working on the formation of a new government, which will focus on building up the economy in the country. Speaking at the news conference, Mr Mujahid said he did not want those people that had worked with American and allied forces to leave the country, saying they would be ‘pardoned’ and wanted to serve the new regime.

Further, the group have said they do not want any enemies either internally or externally, and have attempted to assure the world that Afghanistan will not pose a threat to the rest of the world. Mr Mujahid said on Tuesday that the Taliban would not allow the country to be used as a base for those attacking of other countries, as happened before the 9/11 attacks.

It has been reported that women’s rights, according to Islam, will be recognised and that women will be allowed to go to school and work in some government jobs, including at schools and hospitals. It also appears that women will be allowed to continue working in the media, and the Taliban have said that the new government will respect the freedom of the media, but that journalists should avoid working ‘against national values’.

Recent days have seen scenes of desperation shared in videos online, with hundreds of people trying to board moving planes to flee the country as they fear Taliban rule. While at least seven people are reported to have died as a result of the chaos, there is not though thought to have been any attacks or threats by the Taliban as diplomats and civilians have been evacuated from Kabul. It is understood that the Taliban have told the US that it will provide a safe passage for civilians trying to teach the airport.

The news conference gave a number of reassurances, though many both inside and outside of Afghanistan are expected to wait and see what actions are taken in the coming days and weeks before making any judgements on the forming government.

Parliament is to be recalled in Westminster on Wednesday in order to debate the UK Government’s response to the situation in Afghanistan.

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