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We are not a 'political tool': Afghan women on Taliban talks


KABUL: Women who lived beneath the cruel rule of the Taliban advised senior Afghan politicians to ensure their hard-won freedoms aren't bargained away after they communicate peace with the insurgents on Tuesday.

The Afghan Women's Network mentioned their rights will have to not be used as a "political tool" in dealings with the Taliban, who barred women from schools and jobs and greatly curtailed their non-public liberties after they ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001.

Their enchantment comes because the Taliban meets with a high-ranking Afghan delegation in Moscow, and per week after the insurgents held unparalleled talks with United States negotiators.

The Taliban mentioned the Moscow meeting -- their most vital with Afghan politicians in fresh reminiscence -- would discuss the withdrawal of international troops, peace terms and its imaginative and prescient for governance.

The two-day amassing is separate from the US-Taliban negotiations in Doha in January, that ended with each side touting "progress" and a draft framework which might pave the best way for peace talks.

No representative from President Ashraf Ghani's executive -- which the Taliban considers a US puppet -- was invited to either occasion, angering officers in Kabul.

Afghan women, also in large part excluded from the desk, fear seeing their hard-won rights eroded if negotiators search a hasty truce with the Taliban.

"Women should not be used as a political tool by these politicians. If they (Taliban) return and impose restrictions on women, we will not accept that," Mashal Roshan, a coordinator from the Kabul-based women's community, instructed AFP.

"In the previous 17 years Afghan women have received some hard-won achievements. We do not want to lose that. It's our right to go to faculty and to work, and everybody will have to admire that."

In a remark forward of the Moscow meet, the community mentioned they would not settle for peace at the cost of their freedoms and advised delegates to defend the rights of part of Afghanistan's 35 million people.

"There isn't any want to reinterpret Afghan women's lives," the remark mentioned.

Under their brutal interpretation of Sharia legislation, the Taliban confined women to their homes, most effective permitting them outdoor with a male escort and hidden beneath a burqa.

Girls were banned from schools and faculties and ladies prohibited from the office save in a few areas equivalent to medicine.

The militants have indicated they would provide a protected surroundings for ladies's work and schooling beneath an "Islamic system" they have got proposed for Afghanistan's future.


But involvement of the Taliban in any executive frightens many women, who recall the stifling restrictions beneath the Islamic insurgents.


Ghani and de facto prime minister Abdullah Abdullah have advised the Taliban to negotiate with Kabul, saying all Afghans will have to agree on the need for peace and a troop withdrawal.


The Taliban are anticipated to meet with US negotiators once more later within the month




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