Taliban Pledges Safety for Diplomats, Tells Media to Continue

By Siyar Sirat

Mujahid said that Kabul security is improving day by day as their forces have been stationed in various places.

At a press conference in Kabul on Tuesday, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said they do not have enmity toward anyone and based on their leader’s orders they have pardoned everyone.

Mujahid said that soon they will reach a settlement through which an Islamic government will be established in the country.

Mujahid said that Kabul security is improving day by day as their forces have been stationed in various places.

He said the security of foreign embassies is important to them and they pledge that the embassies will be completely safe.

Mujahid said that on the first day of their arrival at the outskirts of Kabul they stopped their forces from entering the city, but some people took advantage of the situation and attempted to loot the people. He says now people can feel sure they will be safe.

Mujahid says that the Islamic emirate is pledging to all world countries that no threat will be posed to any country from Afghanistan.

Mujahid says that Afghans have the right to apply rules that match the people’s values; therefore, other countries should respect these rules.

Mujahid said they are committed to providing women their rights based on Islam. He says women can work in the health sector and other sectors where they are needed. He says there will be no discrimination against women.

The spokesman said there will be an improvement in the country’s economy and in the people’s livelihoods.

Mujahid said they want all media outlets to continue their activities. They have three suggestions: No broadcast should contradict Islamic values, they should be impartial, no one should broadcast anything that goes against national interests.

Mujahid says the Taliban have pardoned everyone and will not take revenge against anyone, including former military members and those who worked with the foreign forces. “No one will search their houses,” Mujahid said.

Mujahid said that damage to people and families occurred during the war accidentally and was not intentional and occurred in an uncontrolled situation. If it happened, it is unfortunate, he said.

The situation in Kabul city will soon be back to normal, Mujahid said.

“We want to establish a government that includes all sides,” Mujahid said, adding that the Taliban want an end to the war.

In response to a question about differences between the 1990s Taliban and today’s, Mujahid said the ideology and beliefs are the same because they are Muslims, but there is a change in terms of experience–they are more experienced and have a different perspective.

Mujahid said the Taliban can assure the world that Afghanistan will no longer be a hub for poppy cultivation or for the drug business, and they need the world’s support to promote an alternative to poppy cultivation.

Taliban Pledges Safety for Diplomats, Tells Media to Continue