The Taliban government in Afghanistan told the United Nations that it will make decisions based on religious values and won’t allow outside interference in the country’s affairs. This comes in response to a report from the U.N. suggesting ways to deal with the crisis in Afghanistan under Taliban rule.
The report suggested that the world should recognize the Taliban as the legitimate government if they follow international obligations, including giving women more rights. However, the Taliban rejected this idea, stating that they will consider the country’s religious values and won’t let anyone interfere.
Since the Taliban took control two years ago, they have stopped girls from going to school after the sixth grade, prevented many women from working, closed beauty salons, and restricted women’s activities. The Taliban insists that their rules align with local culture and Islamic law, but many people in Afghanistan and other Muslim-majority countries disagree.
The U.N. report emphasized the importance of allowing Afghan women to participate in the country’s development and recommended a national dialogue involving all Afghan stakeholders to establish inclusive governance and achieve lasting peace and economic development.
The Taliban accepted some recommendations, like strengthening the economy and promoting regional connectivity. However, they rejected the idea of an intra-Afghan dialogue and dismissed concerns about the government’s ability to address security, economic, and humanitarian challenges.
The Taliban claimed to have improved security, eliminated opium cultivation, and rescued the national economy despite sanctions. They also said that Afghan women have basic rights, with a significant number in civil service and leadership roles.
The U.N. has highlighted a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan that has worsened since the Taliban took over, with two-thirds of the population needing aid due to years of war and natural disasters.