“Don’t keep perpetually, however don’t rush,” Wahidullah Sabawoon, a former commander of the anti-Soviet Islamist fighters often called mujahedeen, and a participant within the Moscow talks, mentioned of the American army.
Mr. Sabawoon mentioned it will take time to rebuild the nation with out overseas troops to make sure at the least a measure of safety.
“I hope the withdrawal will go slowly,” mentioned Fawzia Koofi, a member of the Afghan Parliament and one among solely two ladies on the talks. She added that she hoped for continued “overseas involvement” after a withdrawal to observe and assist implement the phrases of any settlement.
She famous that the Taliban mentioned it had accepted “the Islamic rights of girls” however had a really completely different and constrained view of girls’s rights in contrast with much less hard-line Islamic students. Through the years it held energy earlier than 2001, the Taliban closed colleges for women and confined most ladies to their properties.
Additional fueling considerations of what may occur after an abrupt American withdrawal, the Taliban’s chief negotiator, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, mentioned in an interview final month that the Afghan armed forces, greater than 300,000 robust and constructed at huge value, must be disbanded after a peace deal.
His feedback drew widespread condemnation throughout Afghanistan, and Afghan contributors mentioned the clarifications from the Taliban facet on the Moscow talks had introduced some ease.
“There may be dedication to the system, the nationwide establishments — they are not looking for their collapse and paralysis, however they need their reform by way of session and their safety and strengthening,” mentioned Mr. Zakhilwal, the previous cupboard minister. “They expressed dedication to ladies’s rights, to media, to basic residents’ rights.”