Islamic human rights organisation, Muslim Rights Concern, has mentioned the Taliban must be given an opportunity to control chaos-torn Afghanistan after President Ashraf Ghani fled the landlocked Asian nation on Sunday, abandoning the presidential palace to Taliban fighters.
MURIC Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, acknowledged this in a chat with The PUNCH on Tuesday.
Based on him, the Taliban has learnt its classes and be allowed to control Afghanistan in as a lot as it will not stroll the trail of extremism and terrorism because it did 20 years in the past earlier than its dethronement by US forces.
The Professor of Islamic Eschatology on the Lagos State College additionally alleged that the US deceived and used some Afghans to realize floor within the nation, obtain its “nationalistic intention” of axing some Taliban leaders together with Osama bin Laden after which abandon the locals.
On Sunday, Taliban militants retook Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, about twenty years after they have been pushed from Kabul by US troops. Earlier than then, Taliban militants seized about 20 cities within the nation following the withdrawal of US troops starting in early July.
Who’re the Taliban?
Sunday’s takeover of Kabul noticed the civilian authorities led by President Ghani fleeing the nation, saying that the Taliban have gained, including that he left to keep away from bloodshed.
Fashioned in 1994, the Taliban have been made up of ex-Afghan resistance fighters, identified collectively because the Mujahedeen, who fought the invading Soviet forces within the Nineteen Eighties. They imposed their interpretation of Islamic regulation on the nation and resisted overseas affect.
The Taliban first captured Kabul in 1996 and the Sunni Islamist group mandated girls to put on head-to-toe coverings, girls have been additionally not allowed to review or work and have been forbidden from travelling alone.
On September 11, 2001, 19 Taliban fighters hijacked 4 business planes within the US, crashing two into the World Commerce Heart towers, amongst different locations. Over 2,500 individuals have been killed within the assaults, in response to CNN.
The assault was orchestrated by al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. The US responded with swift fury and invaded Afghanistan, aiming to cease the Taliban from offering a safe-haven to al Qaeda — and to cease al Qaeda from utilizing Afghanistan as a base of operations for terrorist actions.
US mission in Afghanistan was to get 9/11 attackers, not nation-building – Biden
Within the 20 years since they have been ousted from energy, the Taliban, now led by Mawlawi Akhundzada, waged an insurgency towards the allied forces and the US-backed Afghan authorities.
Talking on Monday, incumbent US President Joe Biden mentioned he stood by his determination to withdraw American forces from Afghanistan, including that the troops can’t be dying in a battle that Afghan forces usually are not keen to struggle themselves.
Biden additionally confused that the target of the US underneath the then authorities of President George Bush had been fulfilled.
“We went to Afghanistan virtually 20 years in the past with clear objectives: get those that attacked us on Sept. 11, 2001, and ensure Al Qaeda couldn’t use Afghanistan as a base from which to assault us once more. We did that. We severely degraded Al Qaeda and Afghanistan. We by no means gave up the hunt for Osama bin Laden and we obtained him,” he acknowledged at a presidential tackle on Monday.
Nevertheless, in an interview with The PUNCH on Tuesday, MURIC Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, accused America of fleeing the nation after deceiving Afghans for 20 years.
He mentioned, “America deceived Afghans by utilizing them to dig in in Afghanistan. After invading Afghanistan, America remained there for 20 years with the assist of some locals. Now, what have they (Afghans) gained from it?
“America has no drawback, it’s its nationwide curiosity so far as America is worried.”
Why I’m in assist of Taliban’s return – Don
When requested whether or not he was in assist of the takeover of the Taliban in Afghanistan, Akintola mentioned, “Sure, I’m in assist. And I’ll clarify. The Taliban are Afghanistans; it’s their nation, it’s not America’s. Simply as Nigerians have the fitting to be in their very own nation. They have been pushed to the countryside by American invading forces.
“Now, American forces have fled, that’s the technique to put it as a result of that’s precisely what they did. Biden simply mentioned America didn’t come into Afghanistan for nation-building; it’s fairly insulting and aggravating. You idiot an entire nation for 20 years?
“Whereas we assist the return of the Taliban, we won’t assist extremism and terrorism in any kind.
“After I discuss extremism, I’m speaking in regards to the rights of ladies. The Taliban typically infringe on the rights of ladies like denying them the fitting to schooling however Islam encourages schooling and the daughter of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) was a foremost educationist. She associated the hadiths of the prophet after his passing. So, if girls shouldn’t be educated, Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) wouldn’t have educated his personal daughter.
“The truth that the Taliban discouraged girls’s schooling was a minus for them however I consider they’ve learnt their classes as a result of their spokesman yesterday was speaking about permitting girls to go to highschool, permitting girls to work as a result of Islam encourages schooling and Islam doesn’t condone idleness and so they have the fitting to work and personal properties.”
‘Ghani was corrupt, had no enterprise remaining in energy’
The don additionally mentioned the ousted civilian president of Afghanistan was corrupt and had no enterprise in authorities.
“Ghani was corrupt. Ghani and his cupboard have been exploiting the Afghanis and America knew that the federal government was corrupt, but it was supporting a corrupt authorities as a result of it was not its pores and skin that was being eliminated, it regarded the opposite means.
“Ghani had no proper remaining president significantly with the allegations of corruption levelled towards him.
“What’s left is for the Taliban to kind a reasonable authorities, an inclusive authorities that won’t marginalise any part of the Afghanistan neighborhood. The Taliban should pursue moderation and eschew all acts of terrorism,” Akintola mentioned.
Can the Taliban abandon terrorism, extremism?
When our correspondent requested him whether or not it was attainable for the Taliban to pursue moderation and eschew extremism contemplating the truth that the militant group has been alleged to sponsor terrorism in some components of the world together with Africa, Akintola retorted, “I see your feedback to be talking from an impression, a previous perspective that you just maintain about them. We’re speaking a few new Taliban, the longer term is what we must be taking a look at. We should always give them an opportunity, in any case, we don’t have an opportunity; they’ve taken over. So, smearing their picture and holding on to the propaganda of the West isn’t the most effective.”