Monday, September 27, 2021

INFORM.INSPIRE.UPSKILL

INFORM.INSPIRE.UPSKILL

Monday, September 27, 2021

TALIBAN BREAKS UP WOMEN’S RIGHTS PROTESTS IN KABUL BY ‘FIRING SHOTS AND USING TEAR GAS’.

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“Twenty years back, when the Taliban invaded, I was stopped from going to school,” journalist Azita Nazimi. After the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, the officials of the Taliban broke up a demonstration in Kabul demanding rights by dozens of women. According to the group, as they tried to move from a bridge to a presidential palace, they were targeted with tear gas and pepper spray by the Taliban. According to Afghan news channel Tolo News, the demonstration went out of hand as claimed by the Taliban. Work and representation in government rights were demanded by the women. The Taliban claim the announcement of the composition of their government in the coming days. Women can be part of the government, but not in ministerial posts, according to the Taliban. Meanwhile, Panjshir Valley is witnessing persistent fighting where Taliban control attempts have been blocked by the resistance fighters.

However, there was a claim and a counterclaim. The Taliban claim to have taken control of two more districts and are on their way to the province’s center. Heavy fighting is still going on, according to a spokesman for the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRF), and thousands of Taliban have been trapped. Women’s protests in Herat were welcomed by the NRF’s head, Ahmad Massoud, and said the continuation of resistance by Panjshir. However, neither the NRF’s nor Taliban statements can be independently verified. The commencement of internal flights to three cities: Herat, Mazar-i-Sharif, and Kandahar was announced by the Afghan airline Ariana, in yet another indicator of Kabul’s airport resuming business following the US exit last week.

As quoted by Qatar’s ambassador in Al-Jazeera TV claiming the successful reopening of the airport to accommodate assistance flights. Antony Blinken, US secretary of State, will fly to Qatar on Sunday. Although the country plays an important mediating role in Afghanistan, he is unlikely to meet anyone from the Taliban. General Faiz Hameed, the head of Pakistan’s spy organization, the ISI, has landed in Kabul but has given no information when questioned by reporters. Earlier this week, a senior official told Reuters that he could assist the Taliban in reorganizing the Afghan military. Pakistan’s ISI has been accused of supporting the Taliban but Pakistan denies the accusations.

-Yukta Gulia
(Senior Journalist)

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