They ask women to stay home so as “not to be harassed” by their militants, “not very well trained”
The global focus of attention in Afghanistan today is the airport, but outside that space the power of the Emirate takes hold and the sharia (Islamic law) is established as a form of government. The chaos surrounding the evacuation turns into apparent calm in central Kabul, where life continues after regime change and those who remain have to learn to live by the new rules.
Zabihullah Mujahid, another of the spokesmen who these days appears before the international media, called on women to remain without leaving home “until further notice.” The reason for this “temporary” decision is because of “the concern that our forces, not yet very well trained, may mistreat women. We do not want our forces, God forbid, to harm or harass women. This measure encourages the ghosts of the first Emirate of the late nineties when women had very restricted outings.
Another decision taken by the new authorities was to prohibit the transfer of dollars abroad. This measure attempts to cushion the impact of Washington’s decision not to allow the Taliban access to the Central Bank’s reserves, most of which are located in the United States.
The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund announced the suspension of aid and credits to Afghanistan, a preventive measure while waiting to know the policy of the new government. After more than a week of closure, banks reopened and long lines formed in the streets of the capital to obtain cash.
As the city watches the new regime, the Taliban’s words turned into deeds and they erected a checkpoint five kilometers from Hamid Karzai International Airport that can only be overcome with a passport or foreign visa. The refusal of the Islamists to accept an extension of the presence of US troops in the country forced to accelerate the pace of evacuation and in the last 24 hours another 20,000 people left the country. But one of the Islamist spokesmen, Suhail Shahin, called Afghans who want to leave the Emirate to calm down and assured them that, after August 31, “there will be commercial flights in which those who have the documentation in order will be able to leave.” .
Shahin insisted on the importance of the departure of foreign troops and suggested that, to regain normalcy as soon as possible, “they should withdraw before the limit.” The withdrawal is already underway and the Pentagon advanced that some men had already left the country. The Taliban do not want Americans but, according to Turkish sources revealed to the Reuters agency, they would have asked Ankara for “technical assistance” to put the airport into operation from the 31st. Despite the Taliban approach, Turkey rejected this possibility and finally evacuated yesterday to your Kabul military.
After two days of waiting at the airport gates, N., a Spanish collaborator in recent years, and his family came across this checkpoint that now prevents them from accessing and “we fear that the closure will soon be total, that Those of us who have documents issued by foreigners are not even allowed to leave.
The country is facing a new humanitarian crisis and Unicef warned of the serious situation that minors especially face. “Around 10 million children across Afghanistan need humanitarian aid to survive. It is estimated that one million children will suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year and could die if they do not receive treatment. It is estimated that 4.2 million children are out of school, including more than 2.2 million girls, “said the executive director of the international organization, Henrietta Fore.
From the World Food Program they launched a request for 170 million euros for food aid and recalled that one in three Afghans lives in a situation of food insecurity due to the long years of “conflict, drought and economic deterioration, all worsened since the arrival of the coronavirus.
Xi and Putin give credit in exchange for security
China and Russia are rushing to take positions after the American rout in Afghanistan. After the emergency meeting of the G-7 on the fall of Kabul and Biden’s announcement not to prolong the withdrawal of his troops, Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin spoke by phone on Wednesday about the Afghan hornet’s nest. Both are concerned that the new regime will affect their countries, reports Pablo M. Díaz.
While China has an 80-kilometer border in its troubled Muslim region of Xinjiang, Russia, which also failed in its occupation of Afghanistan, fears that the terrorism and drug trafficking with which the Taliban are financed will spread through its former republics of Central Asia. For this reason, Xi and Putin pledged to “combat terrorism, cut off drug trafficking and prevent security risks in Afghanistan, resisting interference from external forces and maintaining regional stability,” according to the Chinese news agency Xinhua.
In order not to repeat the same mistakes made by the White House and the former USSR, Xi made it clear that “China respects the sovereignty of Afghanistan, its independence and territorial integrity, and pursues a policy of non-interference.” With an eye to the economic possibilities that open up, whether in its reconstruction or in the exploitation of its minerals, he pointed out that Beijing “has always played an active role.” As Western ambassadors are being evacuated from Kabul on the run, the Chinese met with one of the Taliban leaders on Tuesday to promise him economic and diplomatic aid in exchange for security. China wants to prevent jihadist terrorism from spreading to Xinjiang, where it tries to erase its Muslim tradition with a police state.