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Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban jihadi organization which seized power on August 15, 2021), has said in an interview that was livestreamed on Facebook that the system of government in Pakistan and other Muslim countries does not represent Islam and is not in the true spirit of shari'a. His statement comes as the Islamic Emirate is under pressure from the international community as well as from long-time allies like Pakistan to recruit women as ministers and in top government positions.
Afghan Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid
Mujahid, who is also a deputy minister for information and culture in the Taliban government in Kabul, said on Azadi Radio, a Pashtu-language radio station, that the system of governance in the whole Muslim world is not what Islam says to do and there is no such model in the world that could be presented that carries all the features of an Islamic system. "No doubt, Islam has not been implemented in the political framework in Egypt as shari'a tells us..." he declared.
Asked whether Islam has been implemented in Pakistan in the true sense, the Taliban spokesman said: "No doubt, Pakistan's political structure and framework does not represent an Islamic system. Their political [government] system is not what their Ulema [Islamic scholars] and religious leaders order. There is imposition [of democracy in Pakistan]. The government there [in Pakistan] is in the hands of people similar to those who ruled us [in Afghanistan] for 20 years. Faith is of no importance to them. Only material evolution is important to them."
Zabihullah Mujahid also rejected media reports that view Pakistan as the long-time ally of the Afghan Taliban and therefore in a position to influence the Taliban's policies. "Pakistan should not be linked to us.... The people of Afghanistan are independent. They fought jihad for their own aims and goals. We have no others' agenda [to implement in Afghanistan]," he said.
He added: "No one fought the U.S. and half of the world [i.e., NATO] but we did. We are sensitive that our country should not be under occupation of anyone... Linking Islam and religious issues to Pakistan are another ignorance."
Asked about allowing women entrepreneurs to do business in Afghanistan, the Taliban spokesman said they would allow pious women similar to Khadija, the first wife of Muhammad who was a merchant, but they have problems with pro-Western women.
"We have a problem with those who have Western thinking and want to implement American thoughts here, to implement European thinking, those who have worked for them for 20 years, tied themselves to their [Western] interests... We are owners of this land and would build the country according to the Islamic system," he concluded.
Sources: Facebook.com, December 10, 2021; Twitter.com, December 11, 2021.