While the whole world is fearing for the civil liberties of the Afghans, especially the women, the leaders of Pakistan and China appear to be celebrating the takeover of the troubled country by the Taliban. While China announced that it would have cordial relationship with the Taliban government, Imran khan, the premier of Pakistan which has been backing the Taliban, had said the takeover had broken chains of slavery. The Taliban takeover has set off concerns about the return of the old system of hardliners putting women back in veils and forcing them out of educational institutions and jobs. The Afghans have been enjoying civil rights in the last two decades ever since the hardline Taliban were thrown out of power by the US military intervention after the bombing of trade towers in New York.
Referring to English as medium of education and the absorption of culture Imran Khan said, “You take over the other culture and become psychologically subservient. When that happens, please remember, it is worse than slavery. It is harder to throw off the chains of cultural enslavement. What is happeing in Afghanistan now, they have broken the shackles of slavery.”
Many observers fear retaliation by the Taliban against those who supported the American troops when they attacked Afghanistan. Women who joined armed forces and the police also expect to be punished for the audacity.