The Taliban declared an “amnesty” across Afghanistan and urged women to join its government Tuesday.The comments by Enamullah Samangani, a member of the Taliban’s commission, represent the first comments on governance from a federal level across the country after their blitz across the country.
There were no major reports of abuses or fighting in Kabul, many residents have stayed home and remain fearful after the insurgents’ takeover saw prisons emptied and armories looted.
“Our people are Muslims and we are not here to force them to Islam,” he said.Under the Taliban, according to rule with a harsh interpretation of Islamic law, women were largely confined to their homes.
The insurgents have sought to project greater moderation in recent years, but many Afghans remain skeptica Tuesday, Stefano Pontecorvo, NATO’s senior civilian representative to Afghanistan, posted video online showing the runway empty with American troops on the tarmac.
The runway “is open,” .“I see airplanes landing and taking off.”Overnight, flight-tracking data showed a US Marine Corps KC-130J Hercules plane at the airport and later taking off for Qatar, home to Al-Udeid Air Base and the U.S. military Central Command’s forward headquarters.
The German Foreign Ministry meanwhile said a first German military transport plane has landed in Kabul, but it could only take seven people on board before it had to depart again.
A special military flight with some 120 Indian officials separately landed in the western state of Gujarat after taking off from Kabul’s main airport on Tuesday. Another flight made it off the ground Monday as well.
Thousands of Afghans on Monday rushed into Kabul’s main airport, some so desperate to escape the Taliban that they held onto a military jet as it took off and plunged to their deaths. At least seven people died in the chaos, US officials said.
Security forces and politicians handed over their provinces and bases without a fight, likely believing the two-decade Western experiment to remake Afghanistan would not survive the resurgent Taliban.
Amir Khan Muttaqi Taliban leader had arrived in Kabul from Qatar. Muttaqi is a former higher education minister during the Taliban’s last rule. Muttaqi had begun making contact with Afghan political leaders even before Ghani fled.