Haqqani tells tribal elders to respect women’s rights

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In a meeting with tribal elders from southeastern provinces, the acting Minister of Interior, Sirajuddin Haqqani, emphasized that women must be granted their Shariah rights.

The Ministry of Interior quoted Haqqani in a series of tweets as saying that they are committed to the general amnesty announced by the supreme leader of the Islamic Emirate, Mawlawi Hebatullah Akhundzada.

He made the remarks in a meeting with the tribal elders from the southeastern provinces of Khost, Paktia and Paktika.

“I support you in reconciliation and jirga (council). Get over the hatred against each other,” he said.

Haqqani urged the tribal elders to take the rights of women seriously, in line with supreme leader Mawlawi Hebatullah Akhundzada’s decree, and to “eliminate those traditions which are for the disenfranchisement of women.”

“Both sides—the groom and bride–will benefit from it. The problems of both sides are considered. An amount of 350,000 Afs is the maximum rate of Mahr (an amount of money the groom must pay the bride for wedding),” said Anas Haqqani, a senior member of the Islamic Emirate.

This comes as international organizations have repeatedly voiced concerns over restrictions on women’s activities in social, economic and political areas since the fall of the former government.

“This is the result of the political efforts–that Kabul is full of embassies today, and in many countries we have opened our own embassies, which is a silent process of recognition,” he said.

Addressing tribal leaders and local officials in a public meeting in Khost province, Mr. Haqqani said differences should not harm the country’s national values and that security forces should abide by the amnesty decree of the Islamic Emirate leader.

“If any Taliban or government official puts pressure on you, this is not our policy, we can call it the personal coercion of that person. We can assure you that if anyone has a problem in their village or tribe, you can turn to the authorities,” said Anas Haqqani, a senior member of the Islamic Emirate.

In an informal meeting that was held between the tribes in Khost, the dowry of women in the province was also determined. “In this meeting, the boy’s funds and the girl’s needs have been considered,” said Mohammad Nabi Omari, the governor of Khost.—Tolonews

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