What is next for Afghanistan?

KABUL: The Taliban’s reign has begun, armed men are fearlessly pointing their guns at people while the citizens of Afghanistan bear the pain of their country now under the control of the Taliban again. The new caretaker government in Afghanistan will be headed by Mullah Hasan Akhund, as the acting Prime Minister, and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar will take the responsibility of Deputy Prime Minister. 

The all-male cabinet with no women representative is a matter of concern. The future of Afghanistan lies in the hands of the Taliban, with countries like Pakistan and China assisting the Taliban. Afghanistan is currently going through an economic crisis. The IMF and World Bank have stopped all loans to Afghanistan.

The Taliban’s supreme leader stated that the Islamic Emirate has no problem with anyone. All will take part in strengthening the system and Afghanistan in this way, we will rebuild our war-torn country.’ The Taliban also claims that they will keep healthy relations with the world and uphold international laws and treaties. They have promised the safety of all foreign diplomats, NGOs, and businesses. 

The Taliban has stated that all the laws should be followed under Sharia law. They aim to provide education within the Sharia framework, and men and women will be separated from primary education till the University. The Taliban has promised unbiased media within the law, but fourteen media journalists were detained illegally, many were beaten by the hands of the Taliban. 

Women’s rights have been erased, and anti-Taliban protests in Kabul have taken place. The Taliban is using their might with violence to shut the mass protest down. Ahmadullah Wasiq, the deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural commission, has stated that women are not allowed to participate in any sports, as it exposes their body.’ A women teacher can teach female students if a male teacher with good character is not found. Women who attend university must wear a full abaya robe. 

The Taliban’s spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid announced that Sirajuddin Haqqani, the son of the founder of the Haqqani network, will take over as the Interior minister. Mullah Mohammed Yaqoop, son of the acting Prime Minister, will take command as the defense minister. It is interesting to know that, Sirajuddin Haqqani who is on the FBI’s most-wanted list for terrorism, will serve as the acting interior minister. It is a big blow for the world, knowing the fact that the US asked the Taliban to cut all ties with terrorist groups. 

The Taliban has clarified that no-non Taliban will be in the government amidst demand for inclusiveness from the International community. The appointments are for an interim government, and the longevity of the caretaker government is not known. Whether elections will ever be taken or not cannot be said. 

There is no word about the chief of the Taliban, Mullah Akhubdzada, as he has not been seen in the public for several years but will make an appearance soon. Reports suggested that Mullah Baradar would take over as the Primary chief of Afghanistan because he was the main face of the Taliban in the Doha talks. 

Sharia law in all this way is yet again back under the Taliban regime as the only law, which administered Afghanistan from 1996-2001. 

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