Prime Minister Imran Khan in his recent interview with the BBC, has termed banning Afghan women and girls from accessing education or attending their schools as un-Islamic act.
In the interview, the premier shed light on the conditions that would be considered before recognising the new Taliban regime in Pakistan’s northwestern neighbouring country — Afghanistan. He said that such decision would be taken collectively in consultation with all the neighbours of the country.
Speaking to the BBC, the PM Imran Khan asserted that no unilateral recognisation of Taliban government would happen without the following the conditions:
- The new government should be inclusive.
- Human rights should be respected.
- Terror outfits would not be allowed to use Afghanistan’s soil for attacking Pakistan.
Meanwhile, the PM emphasised that the international community should give more time to the group.
Talking about women’s rights in Afghanistan, the PM said: “Their [Afghan] women are very strong. I feel [we should] give them time and they will assert their rights. It’s too early to say anything because it’s just barely being a month. After 20 years of civil war, they [the Taliban] have come back into power.”
“The statements they [the Taliban leadership] have made since they came to power have been very encouraging […….] the idea that women should not be educated is just not Islamic. It has nothing to do with religion,” he added.
The PM further warned the Taliban regime that that Afghanistan could descend into civil war if they failed to form an inclusive government.
Earlier, the Afghan Taliban declared Afghanistan a “free and sovereign” country after the United States Armed forces left the country on August 31 after two decades of war.
Starting war on terror, the US invaded Afghanistan in late 2001 after 9/11 attacks when the former Taliban regime refused to handover Al-Qaeda leadership–Osama bin Laden.
20 year later, after signing a deal with the US, the Taliban reclaimed its regime as they took over Kabul on August 15.