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Taliban Spokesperson Claims It Will Enforce Amnesty, Women’s Rights

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  • Following the takeover by the Taliban, spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid stated in a first ever public appearance that the extremist group would refrain from exacting revenge on those who fought against them and uphold Islamic rule, including giving rights to women. 
  • During the Tuesday press conference hosted by Mujahid, he declared the Taliban would partake in “amnesty, stating “Nobody is going to harm you, nobody is going to knock on your doors… We don’t want any internal or external enemies.” 
  • He also claimed that Afghani woman were “going to be very active in the society, but within the framework of Islam.”
  • Mujahid further emphasized the group’s alleged peaceful motives by stating the group had no intent upon harming the global community. 
  • Afghan citizens and world powers remain skeptical of the Taliban’s claims. Already Kabul citizens claim armed men have been going door-to-door, seeking out individuals whomst worked under the overthrown government. 
  • The EU has stopped sending development assistance for the time being, and President Joe Biden in the US has stuck with his original decision of troop pull out earlier this year, but will aid in evacuations along with Uganda, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, and more. 
  • Despite the extremist groups denial to crackdowns and restrictions, they previously banned media, restricted women from going out of their homes, and held public executions when they were in power during the late 90s. 
  • Thousands continue to evacuate the country, crowding the country’s international airport in attempts to leave the country under the threat of Taliban rule. 

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https://apnews.com/article/afghanistan-taliban-kabul-1d4b052ccef113adc8dc94f965ff23c7

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/8/17/evacuation-flights-resume-as-biden-defends-afghanistan-pullout

https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-asia-58219963

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