A Taliban leader said music will be banned in Afghanistan and women will need a male chaperone if they travel alone for a few days, while noting that the Taliban are looking to “build the future.”
“If they go to school, office, university or hospital, they don’t need a mahram”, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an interview with The New York Times, explaining that women need a chaperone, or “mahram,” when traveling three days or more.
Mujahid also explained that music in the country will be banned because it “is prohibited in Islam”, adding that “we hope we can persuade people not to do such things, instead of pressuring them.”
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“We want to build the future and forget what happened in the past,” he noted.
Mujahid had warned earlier this week that women employed in Afghanistan were staying indoors temporarily until the Taliban trained the security forces on “how to deal with women.”
“Our security forces are not trained [in] how to deal with women – how to talk to women [for] some of them, “he said at a press conference on Tuesday.” Until we have full security in place … we ask women to stay home. “
The Taliban recently said they would respect “women’s rights,” but various reports on the ground show a different story, and women express fear that the Taliban will return to the way they ruled from 1996 to 2001.
During these years, women were not allowed to go to school or work, could only leave their homes when a man was present, and had to wear blankets from head to toe.
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Former Afghan journalist who fled the country in 2015, Rukhsar Azamee, spoke to Fox News’ “The Story” on Wednesday and said her “heart goes out to all women in Afghanistan.”
“They won’t have the opportunity to go to school, go to university and have the right to work or just leave their homes without a man. It’s devastating. It’s heartbreaking. We are also seeing the sign of these actions. There are already many women now, on public television channels in Kabul, that women journalists and television presenters have not been allowed to return to work.
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President Biden decided not to extend its August 31 deadline for the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan this week, and now faces intense pressure to evacuate thousands of US citizens and more to the country.
That pressure escalated further on Thursday, after a suicide bombing outside the Abbey Gate at Kabul airport killed four US Marines and injured three others.
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“Mr. President, fix the mess you created. Stop running away. We are still at war. You didn’t ‘end the war’, you just gave the enemy a new advantage. don’t leave until all of our citizens and allies are safe, ”Representative Dan Crenshaw tweeted in response to Thursday violence.
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