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Women in Afghanistan can be educated up to university level, Taliban spokesman tells Sky News

Written by on 17/08/2021

Women in Afghanistan will have the right to work and be educated up to university level, a Taliban spokesman has told Sky News.

Suhail Shaheen said “thousands” of schools continue to operate, following the Taliban takeover.

Women will be expected to wear the hijab, he said, but not the burka, and said: “These are not our rules, these are Islamic rules”.

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Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen
Image: Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen spoke to Sky News

He added: “It is for their security”.

The group has already announced a “general amnesty” in Afghanistan.

Mr Shaheen told Sky News those who had worked with the previous Afghan government: “Their properties will be saved and their honour and their lives are safe.”

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Pressed on who would be leading the group in Afghanistan, he said a consultation would be carried out, with a result expected in two to three days.

He said Mullah Baradar – one of the founders of the Taliban in the 1990s who is now its deputy leader – intends to go to Afghanistan, although he couldn’t say when.

When asked if women could hold political positions, he said: “Our policy is clear – they can have access to education and work, that is one thing.

“They (women) can hold positions, but that position they can hold is in the light of Islamic rule – so there is a general framework for them.”

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He also delivered a message to the UK prime minister and the international community to “respect the aspiration of the people of Afghanistan”.

“This is their obligation because they were behind the destruction of Afghanistan during the 20 years,” he said.

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Suhail Shaheen said the UK prime minister and international community should ‘respect the aspiration of the people of Afghanistan’.

“It is their moral obligation to also help to reconstruct Afghanistan and to help the people to start a new life, and a new chapter in Afghanistan.”

And he insisted that no “group or individual” will be allowed to “use the asylum of Afghanistan” to organise terrorist activities.

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Image: It is believed more than 600 people were crammed onto a US aircraft that left Kabul on Monday. Pic: Defense One

Pressed on the images of people falling out of planes, he said the Taliban was not responsible.

He said people want to leave Afghanistan because it is a “poor country”.

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