Shaheen’s interview was broadcast within hours of the Chinese Foreign Ministry saying that the current Taliban appeared more “clear-headed and rational” than they were when they were in power from 1996 to 2001.
The Taliban insurgent group seized control of Kabul and much of the country in the past one week in an upheaval that sent thousands of civilians and Afghan military allies fleeing to safety.
Beijing seems to think otherwise and has said more than once that it hopes that Taliban will usher in an “inclusive” Government that follows moderate Islamic policies.
He said the Muslims in Afghanistan were happy to be governed under strict sharia law, but reiterated that the judicial system allowed for layers of appeal to protect the innocent.Asked about China’s role, Shaheen said the Taliban had kept up relations with Beijing.
“China is a big country with a huge economy and capacity. I think it can play a very big role in the rebuilding, rehabilitation, reconstruction of Afghanistan,” Shaheen said.
– HINDUSTAN TIMES