The London conference where the prospect of talks with the Taliban has been high on the agenda has been dismissed as “irrelevant” in Afghanistan.
Plans to reintegrate Taliban fighters through internationally funded development projects.
The Taliban has dismissed the conference and this new strategy but a report in the Guardian also highlights concerns among women’s rights campaigners that they could lose some of the rights they have gained since the fall of Taliban.
The report adds that the US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke has said women’s rights would be one of the international community’s “red lines” in any future peace negotiations with the Taliban.
Any Taliban who back al-Qaida, or support the group’s harsh treatment of women, would not be accommodated, Holbrooke has said.
But the situation remains complex: a report by Nima Elbagir for Channel 4 News highlights the fact that violence against women has risen to pre-Taliban levels and that women are resorting to self-immolation to escape violent marriages.
Opium farmers unable to repay debts they owe to drug lords are selling their daughters.

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