Former Women Peace Negotiator Slams Tashkent’s Invitation to Taliban


Fawzia Koofi, a former member of Afghanistan’s negotiating team with the Taliban, on Monday, criticized Uzbekistan for inviting the Taliban to a summit on Afghanistan.

Koofi said that countries bribe the Taliban to keep themselves safe from “global military extremism”.

She also warned on Twitter that "short-term pleasing will further help growth of extremism in the region”.

Koofi, who was an elected member of the House of Representatives for two terms in the previous Afghan government, said that inviting the Taliban to the Tashkent meeting will not help the people of Afghanistan.

The international Tashkent summit is scheduled to start on Monday with the presence of representatives of 20 countries, focusing on Afghanistan.

Koofi was one of the four women members of the peace negotiating delegation between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban in Qatar.

The Taliban advanced on the battlefield during the peace talks and the group entered Kabul after Ashraf Ghani, the former president of Afghanistan left the country.

After entering Kabul on August 15, 2021, this group severely restricted the rights of Afghans, especially women across the country.

It has been more than 311 days that the Taliban have not allowed the doors of secondary schools to open for Afghan girls.

During this period, women's political and social participation has been widely limited.

After entering Kabul, the Taliban abolished the Ministry of Women Affairs and dedicated the ministry’s headquarters to the newly-established Ministry of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.

This ministry has restricted the rights of Afghan women over the past one year, including in the education sector, and work life and also restricted their freedom of political participation and movement.

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