The current outline brings up suspicions over the US and NATO training to Afghan forces as Taliban took hold of capital city Kabul, with a vow for functioning within Islamic laws that are satisfactory to all and not how they legislated when they were in power in the 1990s.
What steered to this subordination?
Afghan Army was caught by shock and was incompetent for the offensive nature of Taliban’s Depletion of military strategy, inadequate supplies, overdue salaries, unjustifiable and thinly manned posts directed in the role of submission to Taliban.
Moreover, high level of dependency on the US for air support and weapon network. Foremost, the US’s troops were unqualified to leave without negotiation of political settlement, regardless of predictable aftermaths.
Afghan National Army (ANA) was never really trained and provided with attributes of a national army qualified of protecting the territory with sufficient mobility, artillery, armour, engineering, logistics and intelligence.
A short while ago, the Taliban swiftly took away control in Afghanistan a much-unexpected event rolled out. Top representatives of the militant groups sat down to talk with a woman news anchor to talk over the situation in Kabul.
This was the first time an Afghan woman was seen executing such an interaction with the frontman of the Taliban group. Does it exemplify something? Have the Taliban marked a switch from what was watched in the 1990s?
Maybe yes! As we see, Zabihullah Meyahid convincing women of no violence against them. “No prejudice against women will be allowed”, relatively adding, “But the Islamic values are our framework.”
Since the Taliban have reached power, they frequently try to secure the citizens, specifically the women.
Suhail Shaheen, the Taliban spokesman, made it apparent that the rights of women and minorities will be esteemed as per Islamic law, and they have even asked for women to join the government.
Why sceptical sentiment towards Taliban?
Who are the Taliban? Islamic fundamentalist with political and military organisation, emergence date back to 1990s following the departure of Soviet armies from Afghan soil.
What do they intend for? Taliban seek to reimpose their rigorous version of Islam in Afghanistan. For India, this can be detected as a danger of space for Islamic terror groups in the Indian neighbourhood.
What does their victory in Afghanistan imply? Taliban (1996-2001) had an arduous administration for women.
They confronted the impacts of an extreme understanding of Sharia law. Due to this, they were barred from attending schools and accessing healthcare.
Women then had no freedom of movement; they were allowed to appear in public only if a male relative was looking after them. But in 2001 intervention of the US revealed a multitude of contemporary liberty for women.
Women face an unpredictable future as things are not understood yet. Will women be subjugated to the hard-line interpretation of Sharia Law? Will severe penalties for women be initiated again?
On Sunday, a few women are seen tramping through the alleys of Kabul, clenching placards and stressing equal rights for them.