Afghanistan

Taliban wraps up two-day ‘cabinet meeting’ in Kandahar

Taliban on Wednesday announced the conclusion of a two-day cabinet meeting in Kandahar province, led by Hebatullah Akhundzada. Notably absent from the discussions were topics related to the rights of women to work and access education, as well as their presence in society.

While the details of the meeting were not extensively covered in the Taliban’s statement, it revealed discussions on issues such as the repatriation of migrants, the development of diplomatic relations to address existing challenges, import-export and transit matters, and the maintenance of the Taliban’s monetary policy.

The statement also mentioned the Taliban leader’s emphasis on enhancing relations with other nations to address the ongoing crisis.

Taliban’s acting ministers of defense and interior had participated in the meeting, with three cabinet members notably absent due to provincial commitments as mentioned by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.

Despite over two years passing since women and girls were deprived of their right to work and education in Afghanistan, the “cabinet meeting” did not address this critical issue.

Previously, Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban’s spokesman, had spoken about efforts to draft a constitution outlining the rights and obligations of the Afghan people. However, based on the statement, constitutional discussions were conspicuously absent from this particular “cabinet meeting.”

The international community, especially Muslim nations, has consistently emphasized the fundamental rights of the Afghan people, particularly advocating for women and girls’ right to education and the establishment of an all-inclusive government in Afghanistan. Nevertheless, the Taliban continues to prioritize the enforcement of Islamic Sharia and adherence to “Afghan culture” as the guiding principles for governance and securing rights.