Taliban no Longer Allow Afghans to Go to Kabul Airport
The Taliban no longer allow Afghans to go to the Kabul airport, various media report. A spokesman for the radical group said that all Afghans who have travelled to the airport could return home safely. The Taliban are asking the United States not to encourage Afghans to leave the country.
For example, the US would evacuate valuable people like engineers, and the Taliban want this to stop.
The spokesman also reiterated that the group does not agree to an extension of the evacuation deadline, which the Americans have set on August 31. President Joe Biden wants to have all Americans withdrawn from Afghanistan by this date and is keeping it for the evacuations. However, allies worry about the deadline, fearing they won’t have everyone out of the country by then.
During the speech, the Taliban spokesman tried to reassure the people and the international community. For example, no revenge actions would be carried out, and the group says it has “forgotten everything in the past”. However, earlier in the day, the United Nations reported reliable reports of executions on the street. The radical movement also says it wants to guarantee the safety of embassy staff and does not want embassies in the country to close.
The Taliban say they are now working on a “procedure so that women can return to work”. During the first Taliban regime in the 1990s, women were not allowed to work or go to school. Shortly after the takeover last Sunday, reports came from various Afghan regions that women had to stay at home.
Finally, the group claims to be working on press freedom, and the spokesperson says several media outlets are back to work. However, since the takeover, Afghanistan’s official state news agency, Bakhtar News Agency, has not published anything on its website.