Afghan Women’s Protesting All-Male Interim Government

September 12, 2021

Defiant Afghan Women's Protesting against All-Male Interim Government

Protests can be seen across the streets of Afghanistan by defiant Afghan women after the Taliban announced their new all-male interim government.

It was reported on Wednesday, September 8 that Taliban fighters used whips and sticks against Afghan women protesting in western Kabul following the announcement of the Taliban’s all-male interim government.

Some women were holding placards saying “I will sing freedom, over and over” and were chanting “we want women in cabinets”. Taliban were also seen beating some geologists covering the incident. Another group of defiant women was also seen last weekend protesting against the militant group.

A woman in the protest said, “they are seeking the ones who were defending women’s rights for the last 20 years, where are they now?” The protests took place at Dasht-i-Barchi. It is an area of Kabul that has been targeted by the Taliban in the past.

Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is appointed to the key post of interior minister is still on the FBI’s most-wanted list and a $5 million bounty on his head. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said at a news conference “we represent the whole of Afghanistan and we talk on behalf of the whole of Afghanistan. We do not belong to one tribe or ethnicity, nor do we believe in this”.

This is an attempt to restore the government Taliban made in Afghanistan 20 years ago, from 1996 to 2001. There were no independent media, women were not allowed to go in public places without the presence of a male guardian, girls were not allowed to go to schools. They were prohibited from studying and working and were strictly obliged to wear a Burqa that covers their faces and bodies completely.

The ones who violated the strict interpreted these laws were beaten and sometimes even killed.

Afghans fear Political Instability

In the announcement of the cabinet, the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that the appointments are made temporary and gave no indication of how long the militant government will stay in place.

According to the witnesses, the number of people present in the crowd is estimated at between 300-500 and many of whom were women wearing hijab. They were heard chanting “We will not keep silent”

Concerns of International Community

The foreign minister of Pakistan Shah Mehmood Qureshi said he is hoping that “the political situation stabilizes at the earlier, leads to normalcy”.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman also responded to the announcement of the interim government and said “We hope that the new Afghan regime will listen to the opinions of all ethnic groups and parties and respect the expectations of Afghan people and the international community”.

Since 80% of Afghanistan’s budget comes from the international community and the long-lasting economic and financial crisis has worsened in recent times, the Taliban cannot afford isolation. Their needs are massive and sources are less.

In a recent statement, Ashraf Ghani proved all the allegations ‘false and baseless” that he took millions of dollars belongings of Afghan people with him.

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