Michael McCaul, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee of the United States on Tuesday criticized Biden’s failed strategy aimed at encouraging moderation with Afghanistan’s Islamic Regime.
Considering the repressive policies issued against Afghan women and girls, McCaul said that the Islamic Emirate authorities have not changed and Washington should take actions against this group.
The Republican representative along with Roya Rahmani the former Ambassador of Afghanistan to Washington, have commented on the dire conditions of Afghan women. He has said, “Taliban regime intentionally wants women to remain as second-class citizens for generations.”
Since the overthrow of the previous regime in Afghanistan, the United States avoided pursuing punitive policy against the Taliban regime, and the Biden administration disagrees to punish the de facto authorities for its repressive and autocratic policies.
Some American officials are concerned that the Taliban-run administration’s gender-based policies which will further deteriorate the humanitarian situation in war-torn Afghanistan.
McCaul, who is a critic of President Biden’s foreign policy towards Afghanistan, believes that the strategy of engagement and persuasion has not changed the Taliban’s attitude towards women, girls, and minority groups.
Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan in August 2021, they have issued more than 30 decrees aimed at severely limiting women’s freedoms. The Islamic regime has banned women from public life, decreeing they cannot go to public parks or gyms, requiring them to cover their faces while in public, and establishing a rule where women must be b escorted by a male chaperone, also known as a “mahram.”
In a joint statement, McCaul called on President Biden as he addresses the joint session of Congress, to highlight the plight of the Afghan women and girls, and reiterate his promise to hold the Taliban accountable for their inhumane treatment of Afghan women and girls.
“To address the situation of women in Afghanistan, changing policy while engaging with the Islamic Emirate authorities is important, and we have not forgotten Afghan women and girls,” he said.