The Taliban on Tuesday said it will ensure every Afghan is free, saying it does not need enemies.
At a press conference, Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the group, appeared before reporters for the first time since taking power where it touched on a number of issues.
Here are some of the issues addressed by the Talibans:
Afghanistan will not be a stronghold for militants claiming to be jihadists
The Taliban has said it will not allow foreign fighters to return to Afghanistan.
“No one will use Afghanistan to attack anyone,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said when asked if they would give al-Qaeda fighters a safe haven.
“We assure the international community of this.”
He said “there is complete security throughout the country,” when asked about reports of kidnappings and killings in Taliban-held areas.
Taliban: Women have rights under Islamic law
“I want to assure the world that no one will be harmed,” said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.
“We do not want to face problems with the international community. We have the same rights as our religion. Other countries have their own policies and rules. Afghans have the right to rule according to their own laws.”
“[We] have promised to give women opportunities under Islamic law,” Mujahid said.
He added: “They will work side by side with us. We want to reassure the world that we will not discriminate.”
We forgive all those who fought us in the past
The Jihadist group said they had “liberated the country” after 20 years of struggle.
“This is a time of pride,” he said.
“We want to make sure that Afghanistan does not go to war again. We have forgiven all the people who fought us. The future has come to an end,” Mujahid said.
He warned, however, that the media should not be allowed to spy on the group again.
As for the fighters of other jihadist groups, the spokesman said “Afghanistan will not be used to harm anyone.”
He emphasized that the Taliban wanted to stay in the city so that the government could take over peacefully, but they had to enter the city to ensure security.