The Taliban captured Kabul on 15 August and the country has been in turmoil since then. Allies of the previous Afghan government are trying to evacuate their citizens. At the same time, foreign forces lying in Afghanistan for years are also going back. In an exclusive interview with CNN-NEWS18, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen urged the international community to help them start a new chapter in Afghanistan’s life, leaving behind 20 years of war. Shaheen says that if India shows a positive attitude towards it, then Taliban is also ready to retaliate.
Highlights of Suhail Shaheen’s interview:
Question: It has been more than a week since the Taliban took power, yet the government has not been formed. Your representatives have also contacted former President Amarullah Saleh. How do you see the situation and how long will it take to resolve the crisis?
javab: Yes, we are taking the time for consultation and consultation. This is because we are focusing on involving all Afghan politicians in the discussion about the future government. Otherwise it would have been easy for us to announce a new government on the very first day of our entry into Kabul. We look forward to announcing our new government very soon.
Question: India has done a lot of development work in Afghanistan in the last two decades. It has built roads, dams and even the Parliament building. How do you see India’s contribution? It has been told in many reports that Taliban has stopped trade with India.
Answer: As far as those projects which are good for the people of Afghanistan and which will contribute to the welfare of the people of Afghanistan, if they are incomplete, then India can complete them, but we oppose taking the side of the government. have been doing.
We have been wanting for the last 20 years that India should have relations with the people of Afghanistan and India has also accepted the intention of the people of Afghanistan for the liberation of the country. This was our point and our position and we said that India should not support that puppet government and should support the people of Afghanistan.
Question: You have said that there will be no western-style democracy in Afghanistan, so what will you do with the Parliament House, which was built with electoral democracy in mind?
Answer: When the government is formed, we will constitute a committee to draft the constitution. Of course, the Parliament House will be used for some purpose or the other. Maybe for Islamic Shora.
Question: There have been some very positive developments like a general apology after the Taliban takeover, but still it is said that women are not allowed to work. Some girls were beaten up for wearing jeans. Is this not a matter of concern?
Answer: This is a temporary phase. We have a policy where women are allowed to get education and go to work with hijab. Women can have access to education and work. Nobody should worry about it.
Question: Even after the apology, Afghan government employees are worried. Their list has been prepared and Taliban fighters are searching them door to door. Videos of such killings have also surfaced on social media. How would you address it? Or does it mean that the cadre is not in your control?
Answer: Door-to-door search is not true. I have denied this before. Our jawans are checking everything. The guilty will be brought to justice. Our policy has not changed and we have given a message to everyone to follow that policy and if anyone violates that policy, they will be responsible for their actions.
Question: After control, Taliban will have to rule. From airport management to implementing civic amenities, everything seems like a challenge. How do you intend to deal with it?
Answer: Those who are going abroad and have proper documents and visa will not face any problem in reaching the airport. We had received reports that some members of Daesh (ISIS) are trying to travel to western countries. So we are checking everyone strictly and not allowing people without documents.
Question: This is the first time the protests are happening, women are taking to the streets and want their part in all the processes. Are the Taliban allowing them because of the presence of the international media or will these concerns really be addressed?
Answer: We are committed to women’s access to work, but as Muslims they have to follow the hijab rule. For their complaints, we have announced WhatsApp numbers and they can put their problems there. They can complain, it is their right and we have to solve their problems.
Question: Earlier this week there were reports that Taliban abducted Indians and later released them. Though they reached India safely, why did such news come to light in the first place? Don’t you think the message should be clear to allow all those who want to leave Afghanistan?
Answer: I refute the reports. The word abduction was not correct. We have already issued a statement that we will make proper arrangements for the functioning of embassies and diplomats. I know there was some problem with his documents and for this he was stopped for a few hours. We stand by what we announced and we have proved that we are committed to it.
Of course, there are some spoilers inside and outside the country and they are providing fodder for propaganda against us, but when you investigate, you will find that all this is not true.
Question: What is your message to the international community on participation in development work in Afghanistan?
Answer: Our message to them is that we have just ended the war and we are leaving that chapter behind. This is a new chapter and the people of Afghanistan need help. All countries should help us financially to help the people of Afghanistan to make their living. 70 percent of the people of Afghanistan are living below the poverty line. The country has faced destruction and bloodshed in this war of last 20 years. We would appreciate any help for the people of Afghanistan.
Where is the top Taliban leader Mullah Aukhandzada?
Answer: He will come very soon and will appear in public. For 20 years we fought against the occupation and they had to stay away from the public eye, but now they will come, Inshallah.
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