By Jagadananda Pradhan
(Fast Mail News) - This time, after 20 years in power in Afghanistan, the tone of the Taliban seems to be changing. In an attempt to bring about this change, the Taliban has offered women to join the government, while forcing women to remain under house arrest during its rule 20 years ago. At the same time, it has announced a full amnesty for those who support the government and those who work with other countries.
Enamullah Samangani, a member of the Taliban's Islamic Emirate Cultural Commission, called on women to join the government and pardon opponents, urging all government employees to return to work. Samangani said there was no need to fear the Taliban. Let all people fearlessly cooperate in running the government.
During the Taliban's rule in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, women were banned from leaving home alone. There was a ban on the job. Punishment was given for leaving the house without a curtain. People were put to death on the middle street.
Addressing the concerns of women who have been the worst victims in Afghanistan, Samangani said that women have been the worst victims during the 40-year crisis in Afghanistan. She said the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is ready to provide better work and education for women. They are also ready to give women a place in the government system according to cultural values and Islamic law.
Samangani's statement came at a time when there has been chaos in Kabul since the Taliban took over. However, Samangani's statement is also vague, as talks on a transfer of power between the old government and the Taliban have not yet been completed. The transfer of power has not yet been announced.
At its first press conference since the Taliban's takeover of most parts of Afghanistan on Sunday, the group's spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said they did not want any internal or external enemies, and they wanted to have good relations with everybody to develop economy and achieve prosperity.
"We don't want to repeat any conflict, any war again," he said, "Animosities have come to an end, and we would like to live peacefully. We don't want any internal and external enemies."
Talking about current discussion of forming a new government, Mujahid said all Afghans would have representation in the future set-up of Afghanistan. "Talks and consultations are continuing very seriously with politicians on formation of the new government, over its name and its flag."
"Afghanistan will have a strong, Islamic government," he said, adding the Taliban leadership was working and consulting on the name and specification of the new government.
The spokesman said the Taliban supreme leader had declared a general amnesty, promising to ensure the safety of the contractors and translators who had worked for the U.S. and allied forces, the government soldiers who had been fighting the Taliban for years, and those whose families were attempting to leave Afghanistan.
There is panic among women after the arrival of the Taliban. A woman journalist, speaking on condition of anonymity, said she was hiding with a relative. She is afraid to return home, as Taliban terrorists are looking for journalists. Neither she nor the other women are convinced that the way the Taliban works have been changed.
The U.S. military has taken control of the airport, closing embassies of several countries, the Taliban said. Revenge will not be used against those who work. But, some have accused the Taliban of compiling a list of people who worked with the Afghan government and tried to keep them out.
The situation is under control after a stampede and chaos at Kabul airport on Monday. But, the crowd at the airport still remains. The city is deserted. There is silence in the market, shops and government establishments are closed. People are scared. Taliban fighters are patrolling the streets with AK-47s and other sophisticated weapons. People fear that they got two freedoms and rights during the two decades of rule of the US-backed government, all of which will end under the rule of the Taliban.