Top U.S intelligence analysts following an assessment reported that the Taliban would roll back progress made in women’s rights in case the group retakes the power.
The U.S National Intelligence report raises concerns that the Taliban would likely resume harsh treatment of women just like they have prevailed government authority during the ’90s and 2000.
“The Taliban remains broadly consistent in its restrictive approach to women’s rights and would roll back much of the past two decades of progress if the group regains national power,” a top U.S Intelligence community analyst said.
In the meantime, the intelligence council’s “Sense of the Community Memorandum” stressed women’s rights at huge risk in case the U.S and International troops withdraw from Afghanistan.
The male-dominated region had gained much in women’s rights sections that would probably “owes more to external pressure than domestic support, suggesting it would be at risk after coalition withdrawal, even without Taliban efforts to reverse it”, the assessment indicated.
The withdrawal decision has sparked fears of Afghanistan plunging into civil war and the return of an extremist Taliban ideology and these concerns turned more euphoric as intra-Afghan talks faced a deadlock and violence raged in the country.
Taliban before ousted by U.S and coalition forces imposed harsh rules on women banning women and girls from attending schools and working outside, women in the country were not even allowed to be in the public without accompanying male relatives.
Women violating the Taliban rules suffered massive humiliation, public beatings and executions.
According to the recent intelligence report years of war have left millions of women “maimed, widowed, impoverished and displaced” in Afghanistan, and such harsh practices have even continued under government-controlled areas.
Biden’s administration vowed to continue civilian assistance after US troops depart, and the country would also suffer sanctions if it retrogressed on violating human rights.
Despite the withdrawal process, violations of human rights have escalated in the country.
The U.S silence on the opposing groups have confused critics, and future of the country remains undetermined.
Following al-Qaeda’s attack on the United States in 2001, the US invaded Afghanistan under the freedom operation, which led to America’s longest war.
In February 2020, the US and the Taliban signed an agreement while President Trump served as the 45th president of the United States.
The agreement demands the Taliban to sever ties with the al-Qaeda group but “the imminent withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan is breathing new life into the relationship between the Taliban and al Qaeda”, according to several Afghan intelligence officials and members of both militant groups who spoke to The Daily Beast.
“The Taliban gained huge respect amongst Islamists worldwide by surviving the U.S.’s longest war,” one intelligence officer and undercover diplomat based in Afghanistan told The Daily Beast. “[The Taliban and al Qaeda] respect each other. If there is no peace and stability in Afghanistan, [they] could be each other’s darlings once again”.