PAS congratulates Taliban on victory in Afghanistan

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PETALING JAYA: A PAS leader has congratulated the newly-established Taliban-led government of Afghanistan for “successfully achieving victory” for their country.

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The PAS international affairs and external relations committee chairman Muhammad Khalil Abdul Hadi said the Taliban had successfully freed their homeland from “the clutches of colonialism”.

“The victory and ‘independence’ achieved this time is the result of the efforts of all Afghans in an effort to liberate their homeland which for 20 years has been colonised and invaded without mercy and humanity that almost destroyed Afghanistan,” he said in a Twitter post.

Khalil, who is also Batu Buruk assemblyman and son of party president Abdul Hadi Awang said with the victory, he hoped that all stakeholders would work together and reach an agreement to put Afghanistan back on track.

“May the new government of Afghanistan and its people work together to develop the country and achieve prosperity, peace and progress after this based on the sharia and comprehensive Islamic values,” he added.

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On Sunday, President Ashraf Ghani fled Afghanistan after Taliban fighters entered the capital of Kabul, capping their return to power two decades after being forced out by US-led forces.

Many Afghans fear the Taliban will return to past harsh practices in their imposition of Sharia, or Islamic law. During their 1996-2001 rule, women were not allowed to work and punishments such as stoning, whipping and hanging were administered.

However, this time around, the Taliban has sought to project a more moderate face, promising to respect women’s rights and protect both foreigners and Afghans.- FMT