Official: Taliban to unveil new Afghan government framework

On Saturday, a Taliban official told Reuters on condition of anonymity that the group is aiming to unveil a new governing framework for Afghanistan in the next few weeks.

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The framework would not be a democracy by Western definition, but “It will protect everyone’s rights,” the official added.

The Taliban have sought to present a more moderate face since last week’s lightning takeover, despite their previous history of ruling with an iron fist from 1996 to 2001 before being toppled by U.S.-led forces for sheltering al Qaeda militants behind the September 11 attacks.

The official added that the group will also be accountable for its actions and will investigate reports of reprisals and atrocities carried out by members, Reuters reports.

“We have heard of some cases of atrocities and crimes against civilians,” the official said. “We can understand the panic, stress and anxiety. People think we will not be accountable, but that will not be the case.” 

“If Talibs (members) are doing these law and order problems, they will be investigated.”