Taliban announces ‘amnesty,’ urges women to join government

Posted on August 17, 2021, 3:55 pm
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KABUL: The Taliban on Tuesday declared a “general amnesty” for Afghan citizens, urging them to return to work. 

Senior Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid appears at a press conference in Kabul for the first time.

Mujahid during a press conference stressed that Afghanistan would not allow itself to harbour anyone targeting other nations. 

He also 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.

The group declared an “amnesty” across Afghanistan and urged women to join its government, trying to calm nerves across a tense capital city that only the day before saw chaos at its airport as thousands mobbed the city’s international airport in a desperate attempt to flee.

“We assure you that nobody will go to their doors to ask why they helped,” he said.

Mujahid also said the Taliban wanted private media to “remain independent,” but stressed journalists “should not work against national values.”

The Taliban spokesman has said the group 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,” Zabuhullah Mujahid said.

Mujahid says the Taliban can assure the world that Afghanistan will no longer be a hub for poppy cultivation or the drug business, and they need the world’s support to promote an alternative for poppy cultivation.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, co-founder and Taliban number two, has arrived in Afghanistan from Qatar where he led the group’s political arm.

This is a developing story.

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