A Taliban commander has said he believes Sharia law will eventually be implemented all over the world, insisting jihadis will not stop fighting until “the last day”.
CNN’s Ward, along with award-winning Afghan filmmaker, Najibullah Quraishi was granted access to the Taliban militants keen to boast from a former US military base in the Ghanzi province of Afghanistan, now controlled by the Islamists along with the majority of the war-torn country.
In the disturbing interview, Taliban militant, Muhammed Arif Mustafa told Ward that “one day mujahedeen will have victory and Islamic law will come not just to Afghanistan, but all over the world.
“We are not in a hurry. We believe it will come one day. Jihad will not end until the last day.”
In a separate interview with the Taliban governor of Andar district, Mawlavey Kamil, Ward asked the extent to which women’s rights would be protected under the new Islamic regime.
“We assure this to people all over the world, especially the people of Afghanistan. Islam has given rights to everyone equally. Women have their own rights. How much Islam has given rights to women, we will give them that much,” Kamil replied.
The Taliban resurgence in the country has prompted many to question just how far back women’s rights will be stripped after reports of Taliban militants going door-to-door in their newly-conquered territories and taking girls aged as young as 12 as ‘sex slaves’.
From fallen Kabul, CNN’s Ward sparked discussion on social media on Monday as pictures of her reporting changed drastically in 24 hours, now equipped with full Islamic dress in the Taliban-controlled territory.
And when speaking to women from inside the Taliban compounds, Ward was told women and girls would not have access to education following the uprising.
“Absolutely not – girls gon’t go to school”, one woman reportedly told the US journalist. “The Taliban says it’s bad”.