More than 1,000 Afghan Shia Hazaras pledged their support on Thursday to the nation’s new Taliban rulers, insisting that the “darkish interval” of earlier Western-backed Governments had ended with the return of the Islamists.
Afghanistan’s Hazaras have been persecuted by Sunni Islamists for centuries, however on Thursday neighborhood elders gathered in Kabul alongside Taliban leaders in a present of support.
Senior Hazara chief and former lawmaker Jafar Mahdawi, who organised the gathering, mentioned the earlier Government of President Ashraf Ghani was the “darkest level” within the historical past of Afghanistan. “Afghanistan had no independence and (international) embassies dominated each facet of the Government,” he mentioned. “Thank God, we now have now handed this darkish interval.”
Since the Taliban seized energy in August, the brand new rulers have put an finish to the conflict, stopped corruption and elevated safety, Mr. Mahdawi mentioned.
But he known as for a extra inclusive Government from the Taliban and urged the brand new rulers to reopen colleges for ladies.
Taliban chief and spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid instructed the gathering that rebuilding the nation was a precedence. “Our jihad in opposition to the international invaders has ended and now we’ll begin jihad for constructing the nation,” he mentioned.