The Taliban has declared an “amnesty” across Afghanistan and urged women to join the government following a day of chaos that saw citizens descend on the airport en masse in a bid to flee their rule.
On Monday, thousands of Afghans rushed into Kabul airport, with some so desperate to escape the Taliban they held on to a military jet as it took off and plunged to their deaths.
At least seven people died, US officials have said.
Weapons, vehicles, and protective gear were left abandoned at Kabul airport on Tuesday, according to an American contractor who is based in the city.
However, Enamullah Samangani, a member of the Taliban’s cultural commission has finally broken his silence.
“The Islamic Emirate doesn’t want women to be victims. They should be in government structure according to Shariah law,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Taliban fighters have been ordered to maintain discipline and not enter any diplomatic buildings or interfere with embassy vehicles.
“Taliban members have been ordered at all levels to ensure that we don’t disrespect any country’s presence in Afghanistan,” said a senior official.