In an interview with Al Jazeera, Acting Prime Minister Mohamed Hassan Ahund reiterated that the Taliban promised to amnesty anyone who works alongside the United States and the government it supports.
In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera, the new prime minister of Afghanistan called on former officials who fled when the Taliban seized power last month to return to the country, saying that the organization “will guarantee their safety.”
Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund also said on Wednesday that the caretaker government will ensure the safety of diplomats, embassies and humanitarian aid agencies, and emphasized that the organization hopes to establish positive and strong relations with countries in the region and other regions.
Ahund, the founder of the Taliban, the first supreme leader of the Taliban, and a close aide and political adviser to the late Mullah Omar, said that the leaders of the movement are facing “major responsibilities and tests” for the Afghan people.
“At this historical moment in Afghanistan’s history, we have suffered a huge loss of money and lives,” Akhund added. “The period of bloodshed, killing and contempt for the Afghan people is over, and we have paid a heavy price for it.”
Ahund also reaffirmed the Taliban’s amnesty commitment to anyone working alongside the United States and the government it supported after the 2001 invasion.
“No one can prove that he was retaliated. In such a stressful situation, it is easy to do what you want to do. But the movement is disciplined and controls the shooter. Moreover, we did not hurt anything because of his previous actions. People,” he said.
“Therefore, I assure the Islamic countries, especially the Afghan people, that we want all good, successful and happy reasons, and we seek to establish an Islamic system,” he added, and asked “everyone to join us in this blessing. project”.
The day before his remarks, the Taliban announced the establishment of an interim government, which is composed entirely of its members and close partners, and excludes women and other political factions from any position.
Of the 33 positions announced, 14 were former officials of the Taliban during the 1996-2001 rule, 5 were former detainees in Guantanamo, and the remaining 12 were second-generation officials of the movement.
The composition of the Taliban’s Afghan government has been criticized. Afghans in Kabul pointed out that despite the Taliban’s promise to establish an “inclusive” government, most of the acting ministers and their deputies are Pashtuns, so there is a complete lack of representation of women and ethnic minorities. .
While China and Uzbekistan expressed their willingness to cooperate with the Taliban, the European Union and the United Nations expressed opposition to the formation of the new Afghan government. The United States stated that it must be judged based on its actions, but pointed out that the transitional government that does not include other groups does not bode well for the country’s future stability.
The Taliban took over the capital Kabul on August 15 and then launched a lightning attack. Taliban fighters occupied many other cities and encountered little resistance when the United States and NATO withdrew their troops.
On Tuesday, supreme leader Haibatullah Ahunzada stated in his first public statement after the capture of Kabul that the Taliban are committed to complying with all international laws, treaties and commitments that are not in conflict with Islamic law.
“I assure all my compatriots that these figures will work hard to uphold the Islamic rules and Sharia law of the country,” Ahoundzada said.
He told the Afghans that the new leader will ensure “lasting peace, prosperity and development” and added that “people should not try to leave this country.”
“The Islamic Emirate has no problem for anyone,” he said. “Everyone will participate in strengthening the system and Afghanistan, so that we will rebuild our war-torn country.”