Taliban drop aversion to women's education
KABUL (PAN): In what appears a major policy shift, a Taliban leader has promised not to confine women to their houses or deprive them of their right education. The movement would not withdraw the protections women had been given over the past decade, he said.
Mullah Muhammad Hassan Rahmani, a former governor of Kandahar and a close aide to Mullah Mohammad Omar, said in an interview on Monday they were discussing the structure of Afghanistan's future government, keeping in mind the wishes of the people.
Also a member of the Taliban Shura, Rahmani told a Pakistani TV channel they could not contact the Karzai administration in the presence of foreign troops in the country. Once international forces left the country, Afghans would need to work out a way of staying united, he said,
Asked about relations with the Hezb-i-Islami and the former Northern Alliance, Rahmani said the Taliban would do whatever was in the interest of the country. They would keep intact Afghanistan’s membership of the UN.
Speaking to Geo from Helmand province, he said the US had promised talks with the Taliban, who subsequently opened their political office in Qatar. But later the US removed the Taliban flag and plaque from the office that was closed in protest.
"The Taliban are now waiting to see whether or not the US honours its promise," Rahmani said, indicating representatives of both sides could exchange their demands once the dialogue process resumed.
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