Exiled Taliban chief returns to Afghanistan to take charge after 10-year exile
The militant group that raged Kabul at the end of the week said they wanted peaceful relations with other nations and would honor the rights and privileges of women within the structure of Islamic law
A Taliban leader and co-founder was seen, getting back to Afghanistan after over 10 years in a video of conquest and victory posted via social media.
The declaration, short on details but guaranteeing a gentler line than during their rule 20 years prior, came as frantic evacuation efforts continued out of Kabul.
In footage posted online one of the Taliban’s co-founder and fellow benefactors was seen being given a champion’s welcome in Kandahar as local people cheered his motorcade.
The video seems to show Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar getting back to the happy public in Afghanistan on Tuesday.
Baradar was captured and kept behind bars in 2010, but released from jail in 2018 atbthe request of former US President Donald Trump’s organization so he could take an interest in peace talks.
The 53-year-old was deputy leader under ex-boss Mullah Mohammed Omar, whose help for Al-Qaeda head Osama bin Laden led to the attack of Afghanistan after the September 11 invasions.
He has now been tipped to become leader of a Taliban government.
He is known as Mullah Baradar, which means brother, because of his close connections with the late Taliban boss Mullah Mohammad Omar, his friend and brother-in-law.
Baradar became battle-hardened while combatting Soviet troops during the 1980s alongside Omar.
Baradar later supported his former commander found the Taliban in 1994 and build up its past rule over Afghanistan. Omar self-isolated after the US attack and is accounted for to have passed on from tuberculosis in 2013.
During Taliban rule from 1996 to 2001, Baradar was said to have filled in as governor of two provinces, a top armed force leader and deputy minister of defence.
“We don’t want any internal or external enemies,” the movement’s main spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said this week.
Women would be allowed to work and study and “will be very active in society but within the framework of Islam,” he added.
As they hurried to evacuate, western powers evaluated how to react after Afghan forces melted away in just days, with what many had expected as the likely quick disentangling of women’s rights and privileges.
“If (the Taliban) want any respect, if they want any recognition by the international community, they have to be very conscious of the fact that we will be watching how women and girls and, more broadly, the civilian community is treated by them as they try to form a government,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield told MSNBC on Tuesday.
US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said they had consented to hold a virtual meeting Group of Seven leaders one week from now to talk about a typical technique and way to deal with Afghanistan.
During their 1996-2001 rule, likewise guided by Islamic sharia law, the Taliban prevented ladies from working.
Young ladies were not permitted to go to classes and ladies needed to wear all-encompassing burqas to go out and afterward only when accompanied by a male family member or relative.
The U.N. Human Rights Council will hold a special session in Geneva one week from now to address “serious human rights concerns” after the Taliban takeover, a U.N. statement said.
Ramiz Alakbarov, U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Afghanistan, said in a meeting that the Taliban had assured the United Nations it can pursue humanitarian work in Afghanistan which is experiencing drought