The Frontier Post, April 29,1998
Taliban blasted for women's ill-treatment
PESHAWAR - The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) while observe the 6th anniversary of the fall of Dr Najeebullah government on Tuesday deplored the swarming of fundamentalist into Kabul.
While addressing a rally here at University Town Peshawar the RAWA leader Mrs Jamila said that with the pouring of fundamentalists into Kabul their people, who for years had been crushed under the boots of Russian invaders and their Khalqi and Parchami, the fundamentalists at the behest of foreign masters destroyed the peace and prosperity of Afghanistan.
They claimed that after the arrival of Taliban in Kabul the situation of the women had become more pitiful. "They are now even publicly flogged and humiliated by sick-minded Talib who prevented the women from going out of their homes. Thereby rendering there women to starve 15 to death who have no male bread-winners".
They alleged that fundamentalist, whether Rabbani, Khalili, Akbari, Gulbuddin, Masoud, Sayyaf, Mullah Omar, Mullah Rabbani, or non-fundamentalist warlords such as Dostum, are all identical in their odious entities and none can in any way be deemed any better than the other. They are all equally responsible for the on-going tragedy in Afghanistan. The seeming victory of one over the other can never be final, and those who cut each other's throats one day can be expected to gang up.
They added that the approach of the Taliban's towards freedom, democracy and women was so brute that even their Iranian and Saudi fundamentalist brethren have been obliged to protest against their philosophy of under mining the ethics of Islam.
They added that the United States, as the master player in this chess game and posing as the prime defender of democracy and women was so brute that even their Iranian and Saudi fundamentalist brethren have been obliged to protest against their philosophy of under mining the ethics of Islam.
They added that the United States, as the master player in this chess game and posing as the prime defender of democracy and human rights, replaced her Jihadi chessmen in Afghanistan with the mercenary Taliban to further promote her regional interests in the area.
"The goings and coming and hobnobbing of UN special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi with the heads of different belligerent factions in the Afghanistan is an exercise in futility as the root cause of the Bleeding Afghan sore is constantly ignored" they added. They demanded that if the UN had the interests of the Afghan people and of peace in Afghanistan at heart it would have expelled the Rabbani "government" delegate from the UN and declared Afghan representation limited to Taliban creatures.
They said that only powerful and uncompromising struggle against fundamentalists was the key to the solution of Afghan problem.
Later, the RAWA activists took out the protest demonstration to condemn the fundamentalists for stabbing in the back of Afghans. The demonstration was addressed by other female activists of the association.