TALIBAN SETS AFGHAN EVACUATION DEADLINE, RESTRICTS ACCESS TO AIRPORT
● Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban spokesman said the jihad group will no longer allow evacuations after August 31, reiterating that enough time has been given for the removal of foreign nationals from Afghanistan.
The Taliban spokesman on Tuesday said Afghan people will no longer be allowed movement to the Kabul airport as he claimed the restriction was due to chaotic situation there.
Zabihullah called on the passengers at the airport to return home, assuring them of their safety.
Continuing, he called on the U.S government to stop encouraging the migration of Afghan’s skilled and educated elites – especially engineers, doctors and academicians. “We need their talents,” Mujahid added.
He went on to say that Afghan media outlets, as well as hospitals, schools, universities, and local governments, were now operational.
The Taliban spokesman confirmed that women in the country were barred from work but added that the measure was not indefinite but done for their safety and that their salaries will continue to be paid.
U.S government report stated that about 50,000 foreigners and Afghans have fled the country from Kabul’s airport since the Taliban swept into power.
Most of those who fled the country fear a repeat of the brutal interpretation of sharia law the Taliban implemented when they were first in power from 1996-2001, and retribution for working with the US-backed government over the past two decades.
The jihad group, who ended two decades of war with an astonishingly swift rout of government forces, have been publicly tolerant of the evacuation effort.●