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Deputy Prime Minister Mawlawi Abdul Salam Hanafi announced that a meeting of religious scholars (jirga) would be convened in Kabul without the participation of women. When asked whether women can be a part of Parliament, she said, “The male representatives will speak on their behalf.”
Khama Press reported that more than 3,000 religious scholars, tribal elders, intellectuals, influential figures and national businessmen will attend Kabul’s Loya Jirga Hall without female participation. Hanafi said, “Women are our mothers, sisters, we respect them very much. When their sons are in the meeting, it shows that they are also involved in a way. This meeting was called late Thursday evening on the request of the Ulema. It was organized by the Taliban so that they could talk on topics like Islamic rule.
Taliban’s decision condemned
Afghanistan’s civil societies have strongly condemned the Taliban’s decision to hold a meeting in the absence of women. Khama Press reported that it is not yet clear which issues will be discussed in the agenda of the meeting. But without women if their issue is considered then it will be illegitimate.
Russia working on ties with Taliban: Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that we are trying to build ties with the Taliban and want all ethnic groups in Afghanistan to be involved in running the country. Putin said this in a meeting with Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahman. There is a Russian military base in Tajikistan, which has a long border with Afghanistan. Russia is concerned that Islamic fundamentalism may not spread in the country.