‘Let us just live’: Mahbouba Seraj’s emotional appeal to world after Taliban takeover in Afghanistan

Mahbouba Seraj, one of many strongest advocates of ladies’s rights in Afghanistan.

India Today TV News Director Rahul Kanwal spoke to Mahbouba Seraj, one of many strongest advocates of ladies’s rights in Afghanistan. Speaking from Kabul, in an emotional interview, Mahbouba Seraj appealed to the world to let the Afghans stay in peace now, and never push the nation into one other civil struggle. Excerpts:

Q: What do you make of the Taliban saying that ladies can come again to work, ladies will be in authorities companies, that they do not need to cease ladies from going to college? Do you imagine this can be a reformed Taliban? Or do you assume that is just posturing for worldwide legitimacy they usually can return to being their barbaric selves?

That’s an attention-grabbing query. The manner they came into Afghanistan 20 years ago, that was a catastrophe. So in the event that they do keep in mind something from that point, they should not be doing the identical factor now. They needs to be a special type of Taliban in order for them to stay with Afghan individuals. Therefore, I’m actually hoping that they’ve modified. I have never seen a lot of it but however then they have not been on the bottom [In Kabul City] for very lengthy. Let’s hope they are going to be residing with the individuals of Afghanistan since you can’t rule a rustic beneath any title if the individuals of that nation hate you. The individuals of Afghanistan hate what the governments of Karzai and Ghani and the programs did to them in the previous 20 years. But saying the individuals of Afghanistan love the Taliban, that is not the reality. The Taliban have to stay with us, show it to us as to how they are going to deal with us, then we’re going to determine whether or not we’ll love them or not. But proper now, from the background that exists in Afghanistan, the best way they’ve handled the individuals, there is not any love misplaced amongst us.

Q: Do you assume the Taliban is right here to keep? Or do you imagine this civil struggle will proceed?

I actually hope they do not push us right into a civil struggle at this level. Because of the ego of some males, this nation went to hell. After that, the individuals of this nation obtained collectively and rebuilt this nation. And years later, they left us like that. And now once more I’m listening to that they need to have a struggle and defend Afghanistan. What was taking place to Mr Saleh when Ashraf Ghani was sitting there and all of Afghanistan was going crazy and no person was giving correct orders to anyone? Orders have been coming forwards and backwards from in all places. He did not know? He was the person’s proper hand. How come he tells us he did not know? And now he needs to struggle? Now he needs to get us into one other civil struggle? Really? Is {that a} joke? Is that what he needs to do and permit the opposite international locations, a few of them our neighbours, to have their proxy wars in right here? Is this what he needs to do? I’m so sorry for these war-mongers, loopy for struggle. Why? What for? What are we? Dead little pawns? The lifetime of troopers, ladies and kids is for a play?

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Q: Do you purchase Pakistan’s declare of denying a sanctuary to the Taliban when it was beneath assault from the US?

Where do you assume Taliban useless our bodies have been going? They have been going to Pakistan. The injured have been going to Pakistan’s hospitals. Why? That can’t be denied. But that is not why I’m right here. I’m sorry. I do not need to take a component in this, truthfully. Because I’m sick of those arguments and proxy wars. The individuals of Afghanistan are sick of it. We don’t need to try this anymore. We actually do not. So, go away us alone. The UN left us, the world left us, all people left us. So, now let us be and see what we are able to do. If they [Taliban] have some sense in their head, allow them to present what they’ve develop into. There’s nothing to deny. It is what it’s. And we’re paying the value for it.

Q: The ladies are holding posters and standing in entrance of armed Taliban militia, keen to struggle for the rights that they’ve earned during the last 20 years

No, we do not need to hand over. But on the similar time, I do not need to have one other civil struggle in this nation. I just need to see what these guys are going to do. Are they going to give us our rights or are they going to take them away? Pakistan, Russia, China, India they’re all going to be concerned. We don’t need this anymore. We do not. Please. Let’s not have one other struggle in my land.

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Let us stay. We just need to stay. We just need to be alright. We just need to do our work; we just need to research. We’re wonderful individuals. Don’t destroy all the pieces. Let’s not play these video games, we’re not silly. I do know what the world is getting Afghanistan prepared for. It breaks me, it is destroying me. But I swear to God Almighty that until the final drop of my blood and breath, I’ll name on the world and all people to not do that anymore. This is my Afghanistan; I do not need it gone. Please, do not play these video games with us, I’m sick of it. I’m sick of Amrullah Saleh, I’m sick of Northern Alliance, I’m sick of Taliban, I’m sick of the world, I’m sick of Pakistan, I’m sick of India, I’m sick of Iran, I’m sick of China, I’m sick of Russia, I’m sick of all of them. We’re all sick of it. Let us just stay for God’s sake. What have we finished fallacious in this world to deserve this? I do not perceive it.

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