Hamid Karzai, the former president of Afghanistan, said in an interview with Indian media that, with the exception of the decreased casualties, all of the achievements gained during the first “tumultuous” year of the Taliban rule are “negative”.
The number of casualties in the country is decreasing, former president Karzai remarked in an interview with India Today, an Indian media outlet, but said that the people still face significant challenges.
Hamid Karzai has stressed that the collapse of the last Afghan government was a disaster and that the country’s economy is currently in a very precarious position exacerbated by the widespread exodus of educated people.
The Afghan leader added that the Taliban has promised to reopen the schools in the future, but he noted that they must be reopened immediately in order to protect the girls’ right to an education.
At the same time, many women’s rights activists and journalists have reacted to the anniversary of Afghanistan’s fall and the Taliban rule, expressing concern over a year under Taliban rule.
Several Afghan journalists who fled to Pakistan after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan referred to the anniversary of the country’s fall as the day of the death of freedom of expression and lit candles to commemorate “one year in silence.”
Source: The Khaama Press News Agency