The three-day assembly of the Taliban group, which was attended by more than three thousand men and mullahs, ended. What happened in this assembly and what goals were expected?
Although it was clear from the very beginning that nothing but extremism and terror are outcomes, now that the resolution of their meeting has come out and the speech of the suspected leader of this terrorist group, Mullah haibatullah, has also been heard. It can be emphasized in a more serious way that the leaders of the Taliban terrorist group were pursuing three specific goals by holding this assembly.
1- Compensating for the lack of international legitimacy
The Taliban were able to rule Afghanistan once again as a result of a complex intelligence interaction with the US government, regional actors, and Afghanistan’s neighbors. But in nearly a year of their ominous presence, they have not been able to present a terrorist group as a government to the international community and gain international legitimacy for it. During this period, some of the powerful governments of the world and the region have had informal interactions with the Taliban. But the fact is that due to their criminal acts and radical thinking, the Taliban are known by the nations of the world as a violent and anti-women terrorist group. A group that is not compatible with minimal civil manifestations and values of human rights and human dignity of women. That’s why the issue of recognizing a terrorist group as a legitimate government for Afghanistan is not easy, even for governments that engage in intelligence interactions with the Taliban. The issue of recognizing a known terrorist group like the Taliban is not an easy matter for the rulers of any country, especially for the governments claiming to be committed to human rights values. The ruling parties and groups of democratic nations cannot justify the recognition of the Taliban terrorist group as a legitimate government in Afghanistan in the political atmosphere and public opinion of their country. Therefore, all the efforts of this terrorist group to be recognized as a legitimate government have failed. So, the Taliban were seeking internal legitimacy by holding this show in the Loya Jirga.
2- Simplifying the problem
After the fall of Ashraf Ghani’s corrupt government, the more the Taliban continued, the more they got into trouble.
The presence and armed struggle of the resistance forces against the Taliban has become more serious and problematic both as military movements and geographical extent.
The cases of killing civilians and various types of crimes and human rights violations by the Taliban have increased since their occupation which made a large gap between people and the Taliban.
At the global level, however, it has made all human rights supporters concerned about the human rights situation of the Afghan people and made it more difficult for governments to interact with the Taliban.
Collective poverty and lack of food have become a full-fledged crisis for all Afghan people.
The internal tensions of the Taliban to take over more institutions of power and economic areas are getting worse. What is going on between the Haqqani network and the Kandahar team has become a serious and internal challenge for the Taliban. In addition, more than ten months of Taliban’s ethnic performance has caused the non-Pashtun fighting forces of the Taliban to become pessimistic about the Taliban’s tribal policies and encounters. This has officially made the Taliban leadership worried about the geographical control of the north and northeast of the country.
There are many challenging cases of this type that have caused the Taliban to have problems in maintaining their dominance over Afghanistan. In fact, the Taliban now know more than ever that it is difficult for them to maintain their authoritarian rule. Therefore, by holding a show under the name “Ulema Grand Assembly”, they are trying to show the situation is ok by propagandizing and broadcasting false news. The Taliban have always tried to keep people’s attention away from the main issues.
3- Making fatwas to justify violence
The third and main goal that the Taliban pursued by holding this show is to issue a fatwa to legitimize their violent and criminal behavior in the country. In the past ten months, the violence and violation of the human rights of the Afghan people by the Taliban, in addition to the protests of the human rights organizations around the world, have always been seriously criticized by the reliable religious institutions in Islamic countries.
The fact that the violence and killing of people after the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan has no religious justification is an issue that has been raised even by some mullahs aligned with the Taliban. But the leaders of the Taliban terrorist group know that without resorting to and intensifying violence, killing, and suppressing the opposition, they have no chance to survive their terrorist rule in Afghanistan. That’s why they tried to create a fatwa by holding this show in the “Loya Jirga Tent” to intensify violence and crime.
Issuing a fatwa spread fear among people and make it easy for the Taliban fighters to suppress people more brutally.
According to the content of the final resolution and the majority of the speeches, unfortunately, it must be said that the Taliban have achieved their main goal of making a fatwa to intensify violence. From Mullah Haibatullah, the leader of this terrorist group, to radical mullahs such as Mullah Mujib Ansari and others, they all tried to express their mental and psychological fantasies for blood and violence in Afghanistan and emphasize the suppression of people and opposition parties to save their terrorist rule.
In the conclusion, it should be said that with this noisy conference, the Taliban once again showed the world that they are not compatible with civil life and peaceful coexistence with the Afghan people and are more than ever in the varnish of their radical thinking and with their terrorist ideas. By holding this three-day assembly, the Taliban proved once again that they are not and will not be flexible when it comes to women’s issues.
Translated by: Ali Rezaei