Women Protest in Kabul
Hundreds of women protested in Kabul and Badakhshan, Afghanistan’s north-eastern region, against the formation of a male-dominant interim Taliban government to administer the country.
Demonstrators stated that a government without any female ministers would be unacceptable.
Before the protests were dispersed, some women were reportedly beaten.
Some of the journalists from Etilaatroz, a local news organization, were jailed and abused for reporting the event.
The Taliban, who have yet to respond to the accusations, have cautioned that such demonstrations are unlawful.
They have stated that demonstrators must obtain authorization to march and should refrain from using “abusive language.”
Three people were killed during a demonstration in Herat, Afghanistan, on Tuesday.
The EU said that the Islamist group had broken promises to make its government “inclusive and representative,” while the US expressed alarm that the temporary administration included persons tied to US military assaults.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters following a virtual conference of 20 Western countries on Wednesday that the Taliban’s administration “clearly does not fulfill the criteria of inclusion, and it includes people who have very hard track records.”
“The Taliban seek worldwide credibility and support,” he stated, “but any legitimacy and support must be earned.”
China, on the other hand, welcomed the end of “three weeks of anarchy” in Afghanistan on Wednesday, pledging $31 million (£22 million) in immediate aid.
According to China’s foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin, the installation of an interim administration is “an essential move to restore order and reconstruct the country.”
The anti-Taliban National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRF) has urged the international community to reject the new government, calling it “illegal” and “a clear sign of the group’s hostility toward the Afghan people.”
The NRF has been fighting Taliban insurgents in the Panjshir Valley north of Kabul, which was Afghanistan’s final anti-Taliban stronghold, led by Ahmad Massoud, the son of late resistance leader Ahmad Shah Massoud.
The Taliban claim to have defeated the NRF in Panjshir, but NRF representatives claim the combat is still going on.
Women Protest for not involved in new governemnt
The Taliban named the first members of their interim cabinet on Tuesday, which will be chaired by Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund.
When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, Hassan Akhund served as foreign minister and then deputy prime minister. For his role in that government, he, like many of the new cabinet ministers, is subject to UN sanctions.
Hassan Akhund, speaking to Al Jazeera from Qatar on Wednesday, stated that former Afghan officials should return to the nation and that their security and safety will be ensured.
“We have incurred terrible casualties for this his,” he added, adding that Taliban commanders bear a great deal of responsibility towards the Afghan people.
“We have incurred enormous casualties for this historical moment, and the period of killing in Afghanistan is gone,” he said, adding that Taliban commanders bear a great deal of responsibility towards the Afghan people.
Sirajuddin Haqqani, another incoming minister, is the head of the notorious Haqqani network.
Haqqani Groups Role
The US has labeled the Haqqani network as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). It also has a close relationship with al-Qaeda.
According to the FBI, Haqqani was responsible for some of the war’s bloodiest attacks, including a truck bomb blast in Kabul in 2017 that killed more than 150 people.
The FBI is looking for him in connection with a 2008 hotel attack that resulted in the death of an American.
More than three weeks ago, the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in a massive onslaught. They now confront other difficult difficulties in the conflict-torn country, including economic stabilization and international recognition.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Taliban Supreme Leader Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada issued a statement urging the government to maintain Sharia law, Islam’s legal system. The Taliban have a reputation for adhering to a strict interpretation of Sharia law.
According to the statement, the Taliban want “strong and healthy” relations with foreign countries and will follow international laws and treaties as long as they do not contradict “Islamic law and the country’s national principles.”
The new interim prime minister, Hassan Akhund, is more prominent on the religious side of the movement than on the military side.
After recent rumors of infighting between certain moderate Taliban members and their hardline colleagues, his hiring is considered as a compromise.
A movement that has long operated in the shadows, with names that only appeared on terrorism watch lists around the world, is suddenly proclaiming titles used by governments all over the world.
After reports of disputes among major military and political figures who will serve under him, acting Prime Minister Mullah Akhund appears to be a compromise candidate.
Its caretaker role also allows the Taliban to take a breather as they transition from firearms to government.
It also emphasizes the Taliban’s belief that only Taliban rule can result from a Taliban triumph. According to sources, they resisted efforts for a more “inclusive” government. They refused to include former political personalities and bureaucrats who had served in positions of power, particularly those who have been soiled by corruption.
One reaction was, “Why should we let others decide our cabinet when other countries pick their own?”
Women were never going to be given a ministerial role, and the ministry of women’s affairs appears to have been dissolved entirely for the time being.
Major new government appointments include:
Mullah Yaqoob has been appointed as acting defense minister. Mullah Omar, the Taliban’s founder, and late supreme leader is his father.
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a co-founder of the Taliban, will be one of the PM’s deputies. Last year, he managed the signature of the US pullout deal.
Interim Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi also took part in the pullout talks.