The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has announced that the grand assembly of the Taliban is set to take place tomorrow, Thursday, in Kabul at the Loya Jirga hall.

The assembly, reportedly, will bring together 3,000 tribal elders, influential figures, and Ulema to Kabul from all over the country.

The Taliban leadership convenes the assembly of Islamic clerics at the Ulema’s repeated request, a senior Taliban official, Zabihullah Mujahid previously stated on his Twitter account without mentioning a specific date.

Many organizations and groups, including Human Rights Watch, the National Resistance Front, and political analysts, are concerned about the Taliban’s Grand Assembly’s participants.

Heather Barr, the co-director of Human Rights Watch’s division for women’s rights, no other groupss will be allowed to speak during the Taliban Jirga, and participants from all groups, including will not be there. She emphasized that a decision-making body excluding women will not be legitimate.

The National Resistance Front’s Council of Ulema, released a statement on Tuesday claiming that the participants of the gathering will be the Taliban loyalists and will not speak for the Afghan people.

Anas Haqqani, the Interior Minister of the Taliban government, said this previously on two separate occasions, that the issue of the reopening of the girls’ schools will be discussed by a gathering of the clerics.

There are no indications, however, of what the upcoming assembly of the clerics will discuss.

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  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).