The Taliban announced Tuesday a “general amnesty” project that proposes to pardon the officials of the previous government, whom they urged to return to their jobs, as well as any opponent who has collaborated with the Americans in the occupation of Afghanistan.
This was announced by a member of the Taliban’s cultural commission, Enamullah Samangani, on Afghan state television, which is already in the hands of the insurgents.
«”We have a convergence agreement for a general amnesty throughout Afghanistan and for everyone,” Samangani said. “Including opponents who, especially in recent times, have been in the ranks of the occupiers,” he added.
Of course, the amnesty comes with conditions. Samangani said anyone who wants to benefit from the measure will have to accept Islamic rule “as an ideal” and submit to it. “The structure of the government is not yet entirely clear, but based on experience, there should be an all-Islamic leadership and all parties should unite,” he said.
For his part, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said he was willing to respect women’s rights in accordance with Islamic rules, and asserted that “the war is over in Afghanistan, everyone is forgiven.”
Afghan women and Taliban terror
In addition, the Taliban encouraged Afghan women to participate in their government, since the “Islamic Emirate does not want women to be victims” and they “must be in the structure of the government” according to the Sharia.
“Within the framework of Islamic law and respecting national and Afghan values, we are ready to prepare the conditions for the return of women to study, work, and all human activities,” Samangani added.
Amid the chaos, a Taliban spokesman, Suhail Shaheen, told the BBC that people in Kabul have nothing to worry about and that their property and lives are safe.
Meanwhile, Afghan women fear a return to the “dark days” amid the Taliban raid. One university student told The Guardian how she saw around her “frightened faces of women and ugly faces of men who hate women” as the Taliban retook Kabul.
Some women even took to the streets to protest in defense of the few gains in their rights they have made in the last 20 years, such as the right to work, be educated, or participate in politics.
A woman who arrived in India after escaping from Kabul told the press, “I can’t believe the world abandoned Afghanistan. Our friends are going to get killed. They (Taliban) are going to kill us. Our women are not going to have any more rights.”
It is clear that, despite their promises of moderation, many Afghans (especially women) are wary of the violent insurgents who took over Afghanistan after the withdrawal of American troops, and who are now supported by terrorist groups and enemies of the freedoms promoted in the West.
Afghans will find it hard to forget the Islamic regime that imposed a brutal repression of freedoms in the late 1990s, including severe restrictions on women, such as stoning, amputations and public executions.