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Taliban to US on women’s rights: ‘Education without hijab? Don’t change our tradition’ | World News

Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen informed an American information outlet on Friday that the United States shouldn’t impose upon Afghanistan its views on women’s rights, insisting that it could be considered interfering with their “culture”. The concept that girls can have “education without [a] hijab” is a ‘Western’ idea that’s not suitable with the cultural values in Afghanistan, Shaheen stated, including that the Taliban stand opposed to it.

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The Taliban spokesperson, nonetheless, maintained that “there will be no issue about women’s rights” in Afghanistan so long as they (the ladies) obtain schooling and work jobs sporting a hijab. In an interview with cable media community Fox News, Shaheen stated, “There will be no issue about women’s rights, no problem about their education or work; but we should not be changing each other’s culture.”

“That you women should have education without hijab, that is a change of culture,” Shaheen was heard saying within the interview. “Within our culture, women can receive education and work with [a] hijab. This is just one example. There may be more.”

The assertion by the Taliban spokesperson got here amid experiences that the group is shut to forming a brand new interim authorities in Afghanistan, days after the final of the US troops left on a flight from the Kabul airport. With this withdrawal, the United States ended its longest battle, an prolonged two-decade-long navy marketing campaign within the war-torn nation.

Referring to US navy withdrawal from Afghanistan as the top of 1 ‘chapter’ within the nation’s historical past, the Taliban spokesperson stated, “For us, it was [an] occupation, we ended that. We were staging resistance, but now it is closed and it is in the past. We have to focus on the future – that is better for them (the US) and for us.”

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“We had this destructive relation, a hostile relation, and now we will turn this into a constructive relation,” stated Taliban chief Suhail Shaheen, including that the group is trying to work the Western nations in a ‘positive way’.

Notably, Taliban leaders and their spokespersons have in latest days provided broadly divergent views on quite a few points, which additionally consists of one concerning the Kashmir valley in India.

Most nations world wide, nonetheless, appear to be in no hurry to recognise a Taliban authorities anytime quickly even whether it is introduced. 

Western powers say formal recognition of the Taliban authorities and a ensuing circulate of financial support will rely on motion to safeguard human rights, the rule of legislation, and the media. The White House, moreover, stated that the Biden administration has no present plans to launch billions in Afghan gold, investments, and overseas forex reserves, which it froze after the Taliban takeover.

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