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Taliban representative joins woman host on news show

In what appears to be a sharp break from Taliban policy until 2001, a senior Taliban figure sat across from a woman news presenter on one of Afghanistan’s leading news channels to promise fair governance and equal rights in line with Islamic Sharia law.

During its previous administration in 1996-2001, the Taliban was internationally vilified for oppressing women.

Mawlawi Abdul Hak Hammad, a senior member of the Taliban’s media team and head of Voice of Sharia Voice radio, appeared on Tolo News for a brief talk with Behesha Arghanda, a woman news presenter.

Responding to her questions, he said the group wants to ensure security in the country.

Hammad said that with time, security in the country would gradually improve.

Earlier in the day, at least seven women protested in front of the Presidential Palace in the capital Kabul demanding that their rights be protected. They carried signs saying: "Afghan Women Exist, We Want Our Rights."


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