This evening the Taliban held their first press conference since taking control, with their spokesmen saying the issue of women is “important”.
“We don’t want any internal or external enemies,” said Zabihullah Mujahid.
He said women would be allowed to work and study and “will be very active in society but within the framework of Islam”.
He added: “The Islamic Emirate – after the freedom of this nation – is not going to revenge anybody, we do not have any grudges against anybody.”
Earlier, the group announced a general amnesty for all government workers, urging them to return to work in order to ensure continuity as they take over power.
Yet an Afghan government official who worked closely with British troops has warned that Taliban fighters have started searching Kabul for people who worked with foreigners and time is running out for Western governments to evacuate their former colleagues.
‘I’m afraid for myself’
While thousands of Afghans have tried to escape the Taliban on flights out of Afghanistan, many more are still stranded in the capital.
“I’m afraid for myself, my life, my freedom to work and to speak up”, said Farzana Kochai, an Afghan MP currently stuck in Kabul.
It leaves more questions to answer for the defiant Joe Biden, with senior minister claiming the UK has shown more leadership on Afghanistan than the US president.
With Mr Biden under fire both at home and in Europe over his unrepentant defence of the withdrawal, senior figures in the UK Government have expressed alarm at his refusal to shoulder blame for the crisis.
Indeed, Chinese state media has seized on the chaos of Washington’s exit to taunt Taiwan that the United States will not come to its aid if Beijing invades.
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