Shooting in a room where two students are organizing a gathering near the University of Kabul

According to the media locals, a Taliban rally held on Thursday in a hall near Kabul was targeted. He explained that Taliban helicopters were flying over the University of Kabul after the explosions in the area.

The Taliban are holding a large meeting in Kabul that brings together thousands of religious scholars and tribal elders who have come from all over Afghanistan to legislate on the hard line of the Taliban regime.

THE media Afghans speculate on the possible presence of the supreme leader of the Taliban, Hebatullah Akhundzadeh, who has not been publicly photographed since he came to power.

Earlier, a Taliban official confirmed Thursday that “obedience to leaders” is the most important principle in the Afghan Islamic system during a council.

The authorities have released only brief details of the gathering, organized by the Taliban and reserved for men.
He described the meeting as a “jirga”, an advisory council and an ancient tradition of notables in Afghanistan working to resolve differences through consensus.

To the media he was not allowed to attend the council, but some speeches were broadcast on the official radio, most of which called for unity behind the Islamic fundamentalist regime.

“Obedience is the most important principle of the system,” said Habibullah Haqqani, who leads the gathering on the campus of Kabul Polytechnic University, in his keynote address. “We must obey our leaders in all matters, honestly and sincerely, we must obey in the right way, “added Haqqani.

This event comes a week after a violent earthquake struck the south-east of the country, killing more than 1,000 people and displacing tens of thousands of people.

The United States and the Taliban are also holding talks on Thursday in Qatar with the aim of releasing some of Afghanistan’s frozen reserves after a devastating earthquake struck the country, officials said, while Washington looks for ways to ensure funds are used to help the population.

Even before the violent earthquake, the Taliban had struggled to transition from a rebel force that fought for two decades against US forces that fled the country in late August 2021, to a civilian government.

Since the movement regained power in mid-August, Afghanistan has plummeted in a serious economic and humanitarian crisis, after the international community suspended the financial aid that had supported the country for almost twenty years.

A Taliban source told AFP that council participants will be able to criticize existing authority and thorny issues such as girls’ education, which is the subject of discussion within the movement, will also be on the agenda of the jirga. three days.

Women will not be able to participate. Deputy Prime Minister Abdel Salam Hanafi said Wednesday in a televised interview that this was not necessary because they would be represented by male relatives.

Restricting women’s rights

“Women are our mothers and sisters (…) we respect them very much,” he said, and “when their children are at the gathering, it means they attend too.”
The Taliban say they enjoy the support of a large majority of the population. But she has returned to strictly enforce Sharia, as she did during her first assumption of power between 1996 and 2001, which led to a significant restriction of women’s rights.

Women were excluded from public employment, their right of movement was restricted and girls’ access to secondary school was prohibited. Women are also required to wear the niqab whenever they go out in public.

From the podium of the assembly, an influential imam declared that anyone attempting to overthrow the regime should be beheaded. “This Taliban flag was not easily raised and it will not be lowered easily,” said Mujibur Rahman Ansari, imam of the Ghazargah mosque in Herat. “All religious scholars in Afghanistan must agree to behead and eliminate anyone who commits an act against our Islamic government, “he added.

Cities, religious groups and other organizations are also expected to send representatives, bringing the number of attendees to this council to more than three thousand, which is the largest gathering of influential figures since the Taliban’s return to power.

THE media Afghans speculate on the possible presence of the supreme leader of the Taliban, Hebatullah Akhundzadeh, who has not been publicly photographed since he came to power.

Only audio recordings of Lakhundzadeh, who lives, have been made public in a remote area of ​​Kandahar, but without any independent verification of their authenticity.

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