KABUL: Afghan Taliban have announced that women would be allowed to work and get education while wearing hijab in the new government of Afghanistan.
Sohail Shaheen, the spokesman for the Taliban’s political office in Qatar, told a foreign media house that the new government would allow women to participate in politics and that women would not need a male leader to leave the home. He said the new government would allow women to work and study with the hijab.
The spokesperson said that the stay of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in power was an obstacle to the surrender of the Taliban. For a peace agreement, the formation of a new government and the resignation of the Afghan President was necessary, he maintained.
“Before any ceasefire, there should be an agreement for a new government acceptable to both sides and then there would be no war. The Taliban do not believe in a monopoly of power,” he said.
Sohail Shaheen said that governments that had established a monopoly on power in Afghanistan in the past had not succeeded, so the Taliban did not want to repeat the same formula.
The Taliban spokesperson said that they had no plan to occupy Kabul as the Taliban have stopped themselves from occupying the provincial capitals, if an acceptable new government was formed. He said that all journalists including foreign media could continue their work in future in the country.
It may be recalled that talks between the Taliban representatives and the Afghan government delegation had been held in Doha in the past few days, but these talks could not prove fruitful.