Former politicians and Jihadi leaders meet virtually to discuss ongoing crisis

Marking the 12th anniversary of the assassination of Burhanuddin Rabbani, former president of Afghanistan, the National Resistance Council for Salvation of Afghanistan (NRCS) held a virtual event on Saturday where they also presented their views on the current situation in the country.

Well known politicians from Afghanistan, currently living in exile, attended the virtual meeting.

In addition to speaking about Rabbani, the participants also discussed the rights of girls and women to education.

One former member of parliament and well known Jihadi leader, Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf, said that education is compulsory for all girls and women and that facilitating their access to education is the responsibility of the rulers.

Referring to the Taliban’s suicide bomber units, Sayyaf noted: “We cannot turn a Haram [prohibited action] into Halaal by changing its name.”

“Changing its name from suicide bomber into ‘Istishahdi’ [someone who demands to be martyred in a religious term] is just betraying the people,” he said.

Atta Mohammad Noor, the former governor of Balkh province, said that the Taliban are systematically erasing tribes.

“Coming together under a united front and giving sacrifices without considering leverage and seats, is the way to get Afghanistan out of the current situation,” Noor said.

Mohammad Mohaqiq, leader of People’s Islamic Unity Party of Afghanistan, said that the Taliban has selected non-Shia Ulema for their religious scholars’ council in Bamiyan and Daikundi provinces.

“For their Ulema council in Bamiyan and Daikundi, the Taliban selected the clerics who are not Shia and are not residents of those provinces,” Mohaqiq said.

He called on the UN to “rescue” the people of Afghanistan from the Taliban.

Addressing the event, a member of the leadership board of the NRCS Afghanistan, Salahuddin Rabbani, stressed the need to support women’s movements in Afghanistan.

Shortly before the Taliban seized control of the country, countless politicians and Jihadi leaders fled the country, where they later formed the NRCS in the hope of addressing the crisis that has gripped the country since the collapse of the republic.