Following reactions over women's absence in the "Gathering of Islamic Clerics", Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of Hizb-e-Islami, questioned the reasons for the exclusion of women from the meeting, stating the Islamic Emirate should provide a clear response to the people and the world.
According to Hekmatyar, women's rights are clearly recognized in Islam.
“A clear answer is needed in light of Sharia, we must convince our people, our members and the world. Islam has not left any issue without clear guidance,” Hekmatyar said.
Meanwhile, some women said that the Islamic Emirate is disrespecting women's status in society by organizing such events without their attendance.
They added that without the presence of women, the gathering is incomplete.
“They did not consider half of the population of the country at all, they did not consider the youth of Afghanistan,” said Tafsir Siah Posh, an expert in Islamic jurisprudence and law.
"The Islamic Emirate should have invited women to attend the gathering of Islamic clerics, so they could defend their rights and the rights of those girls who are not allowed to go to school above sixth grade,” said a teacher.
Some youth said they hoped to participate in the gathering of Islamic clerics.
“Several representatives of the youth should have been invited to the gathering so they could bring up the problems of young people,” said Mohammad Samir, a student.
The Islamic clerics' gathering started on Thursday and ended on Saturday with the issuing of a resolution of religious clerics.