Friday, September 24

Taliban block Afghans’ passage to Kabul airport

The taliban do not back down and demand respect for the agreement that marks the August, 31 like the end of the US mission in Afghanistan. The Islamists consolidate their power day by day and offered a press conference this Tuesday to make it clear that they do not contemplate extensions despite the fact that there are tens of thousands of people to leave, clarify that they will not prevent women from working, insist that they maintain their offer of amnesty and denying the existence of black lists to arrest former collaborators because, they say, they have “forgotten what happened in the past.” The Islamists have also decided to cut off the passage of Afghans to the kabul airport, from now on only

foreigners will be able to get past their checkpoint.

Zabihula Mujahid, Taliban spokesman, appeared before the media for the second time since the arrival of the Emirate and did so at the same time as the virtual meeting of the G-7 leaders took place. He did not seem concerned about the outcome of that summit and simply defended his agenda, point by point.

After so many days of chaos in the vicinity of the airport, with at least 20 dead by gunfire and crushing, he announced that they will cut off the access of Afghans “to guarantee their safety.” Those who are still there waiting to get on a rescue plane he asked to return to their homes. The only message addressed to Washington was to request that it not encourage educated Afghans to leave because “we need the expertise of doctors, engineers …”.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid during Tuesday’s press conference – Afp

In the meeting with the media, Mujahid sent a message of calm about the future that awaits them. women and said that if a veto is imposed it will be “for their good” and “to avoid mistreatment.” Faced with the news of the United Nations report on the house-to-house hunt for former NATO collaborators, the spokesman categorically denied it and assured that “we are going to live together because the war is over for us.”

Trump deal

The current situation is the final fruit of the conversations that the Donald Trump with the Islamists who finalized the pact of February 2020. They designed the framework that made possible the liberation of Abdul Ghani Baradar, who was imprisoned in Pakistan, and opened the doors to the release of thousands of fighters as a “show of confidence” by the Afghan authorities with the insurgents. The problem is that Trump and his people never had the Afghan government in the most important part of the negotiation.

The coordination between the Taliban and Washington has worked since they sealed that agreement and the newspaper ‘The Washington Post’ revealed that the head of the CIA, William Burns, met Mullah Baradar, the Taliban political leader, in Kabul on Monday. The United States sought with this pact to be able to withdraw its troops without suffering attacks, the Islamists wanted to regain the power lost in 2001. Both have achieved their objectives. Further delaying the withdrawal represented a “red line”, according to some Islamists who recalled that Joe Biden The date that had initially been set to May 1 has already changed. There will be no new extensions.

The requests of the United Kingdom O France to ask for an extension that allows them to remove their collaborators as of the 31st. Paris regretted that with this short time frame it will not be able to remove all of its employees, a message similar to that launched by Spain. The number of people evacuated so far is around 60,000, according to the Pentagon, but many more remain on the ground.

Status of women

The Emirate returns with force and, while waiting to form what they call an “inclusive government”, announced the appointment of new ministers in key positions such as Finance, Interior, Education or Defense, for this last position they opted for the mullah Abdul Qayyum Zakir, which goes from the Guantánamo cell to leading the Islamist forces.

From abroad, the future of women is concerned and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle bacheletstated that “a fundamental red line will be how the Taliban treat women and girls and respect their rights to freedom, freedom of movement, education, personal expression and employment, in line with international standards. on human rights ”.

In the words of the Islamist spokesman, if a veto is imposed on women it will be “for their good”, but from the 31st, when the international troops leave and they remain as the only force on the ground, the facts will have to be judged. , not the words.