The Afghanistan Future Thought Forum (AFTF), which describes itself as a "high-level, independent, non-partisan initiative" and includes "Taliban" participants, said in a statement the group has examined the key challenges and opportunities that the people of Afghanistan face and has offered its plan to the Afghan government and the international community.
In a press release, this forum, which convened its fifth session on the situation in Afghanistan at the Hamad Bin Khalifa University's College of Public Policy in Doha on January 23-25 ,2023, asked that the Islamic Emirate lift its restrictions on women's employment and education.
In support of a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan, the AFTF participants stressed the importance of reaching a political settlement based on dialogue, trust and consensus building.
“The interim government must lift restrictions imposed on female education and employment,” the media release reads.
"In reality, it does not have an Islamic aspect, and from an economic point of view, sadly, it affects the country, and our young people—of whom half are women—and are denied education,” said Tariq Farhadi, a political analyst.
"This issue shows that there is tension among the Taliban,” said Wahid Faqiri, another political analyst.
However, the spokesman of the Islamic Emirate said that the problem regarding women will be solved based on Islamic Sharia.
"The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is taking positive steps in all possible areas in terms of Sharia and law. The challenges are temporary, efforts are ongoing to resolve them and they won't last forever,” said Zabiullah Mujahid, spokesman of the Islamic Emirate.
The Afghanistan Future Thought Forum (AFTF) emphasized the need for the international community to continue supporting the Afghan people under the leadership of the Afghans and with full and effective supervision.
"This procedure has been created in two chapters and eleven articles for the goal of better distribution of humanitarian aid,” said Abdul Rahman Habib, the spokesman of the Ministry of Economy.
AFTF has thirty members which include former government employees, Islamic Emirate officials, representatives of civil society, and academics.
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