Afghan Taliban leaders who have been hiding their identity for two decades will not remain in the shadows and reveal themselves to the world, a militant representative told Reuters. One of the first to show his face to the international community was the militant spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid. He chaired the Tuesday press conference.
Afghan Taliban occupied Kabul on Sunday, taking final control of Afghanistan. According to their spokesman on Tuesday, major work is underway to form a government that will be announced once it is formed. One senior Taliban official told Reuters that “slowly, gradually, all our leaders will reveal themselves to the world, there will be no more of a shadow of a secrecy.” He added that militants were banned from celebrating the capture of most of the country, including the capital, Kabul. He also said civilians should donate their weapons and ammunition.
The Taliban spokesman showed his face
The BBC pointed out that one of the first leaders to come out to the international public in recent days is the spokesman for the militants Zabihullah Mujahid. He attended a press conference on Tuesday in what was his first public appearance in front of cameras.
In addition to Mujahid’s declarations regarding, inter alia, respecting women’s rights and no retaliation against Afghans who have supported the government in recent years, “something else was important to most journalists: it was the first time they could see his face,” the BBC wrote, adding that the spokesman Taliban “he has operated in the shadows for years, he was just a voice on the other side of the phone.”
Who are the Taliban?
The Taliban, Afghanistan’s extremely fundamentalist Islamic group, rose after the fall of communist rule in 1992. Their goal is to introduce stringent Muslim law in Afghanistan, under which, inter alia, Women’s education and work are forbidden, and men must wear beards. In 1996-2001, they controlled the country, but were pushed out by the Americans after the terrorist attack carried out in the United States on September 11, 2001.
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