Massive Taliban rally ends with calls for international recognition
A rally of thousands of male religious and ethnic leaders run by the Taliban ended Saturday by asking foreign governments to formally recognize their authority, but giving no signal of change. international requirements such as the opening of all-girls high schools.
The Afghan economy has been plunged into crisis when Western governments withdraw funding and strictly enforce bans, and argue that the Taliban government needs to change its human rights measures, especially women’s rights.
“We ask regional and international countries, especially Muslim countries … to recognize the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan … release all sanctions, release funds ( central bank) and support for Afghanistan’s development,” the meeting participants said in a statement, using the group’s name for their government, which has not been officially recognized by any country. any.
The group’s reclusive leader joined a three-day gathering of more than 4,000 men on Friday, and delivered a speech that congratulated participants on the Taliban’s victory and emphasized independence. establishment of the country.
The Taliban backtracked on announcing that all schools would open in March, leaving many girls who had attended their high schools in tears and drawing criticism from Western governments.
In speeches broadcast on state television, a small number of participants addressed the issue of girls and women’s education. The Taliban’s deputy leader and interior minister, Sirajuddin Haqqani, said the world has asked for inclusive government and education and these issues will take time.
However, the group’s supreme leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, who is usually based in the southern city of Kandahar and rarely appears in public, said foreigners should not give orders.
The meeting’s final statement said defending the emirate was mandatory and that the Islamic State militant group, which it said was behind a number of attacks in the country, was illegal.
It said it would not interfere with neighboring countries and they should not interfere in Afghanistan.
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