Pressure is mounting on the Afghan government to include representatives from various civil bodies and political parties in its impending peace talks with Taliban militants. Political parties and civil activists, including women rights activists, express concerns that their rights may not be discussed in the talks.
Women rights activists also express worry about the fate of Afghan women after the talks in Afghanistan. That is why they insists on the presence of women in both sidesí delegations to ensure womenís rights in the future.
During their rule about two decades ago, [the] Taliban enforced their strict law under which women were denied many social rights like education. And now, as efforts are underway to hold the talks, Afghansí concerns about the revival of Taliban values have gained traction in the country, with many calling on the government and other regional players not to sacrifice Afghan peopleís rights.
To remove public concerns, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen has said no legitimate rights will be lost during peace talks. In the meantime, there are also some obstacles in the way of the Afghan peace process, including foreign interferences, tensions over the release of nearly 600 key Taliban prisoners and the ignorance of some commanders of the Taliban to the whole process.
SOURCE: PRESS TV