Taliban fighters shot and killed a woman for not wearing a burqa in Afghanistan Tuesday — the same day the group pledged to usher in a new inclusive era in the country that honours “women’s rights.”
A photo emerged of a woman in Takhar province lying in a pool of her blood, with loved ones crouched around her, after she was killed by insurgents for being in public without a head covering.
The killing came amid the outfit’s version of a charm offensive, after its take over of the country in the absence of US troops, who had been propping up allied military groups since shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Taliban spokesmanZabihullah held a news conference to say that the insurgents would honour women right within the highly restrictive sharia law.
The militants urged women to return to school and work in a spacial environment provided for women to work and study that will be guided.
Mujahid also vowed to grant amnesty to Afghans who worked with the now toppled government architected by the US.
Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said rights will be afforded to women with Islamic law when he spoke during a press conference on August 17, 2021.
When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan before 9/11, it prevented women and girls from leaving the house without a male chaperone and did not allow them to work or receive an education.
Insurgents also vowed Tuesday not to interfere with US-led evacuation efforts of Westerners and their Afghan allies but were instead reported to be controlling the entrance of Hamid Karzai International Airport, and attacking those who were trying to flee.
“There was kids, women, babies, old women, they could barely walk,” an Afghan former State Department contractor told Fox. “They [are in a] very, very bad situation, I’m telling you. In the end, I was thinking that there was like 10,000 or more than 10,000 people, and they’re running into the airport … The Taliban [were] beating people and the people were jumping from the fence, the concertina wire, and also the wall.”
Elsewhere in Kabul, Taliban fighters were recorded shooting guns as they patrolled neighbourhoods home to activists and government workers, according to the report.
Militants were looking for people who had helped the US and had questioned the former defence contractor’s neighbours about him, according to the report.