Taliban urge officials to return to work because of emergency in the country

In the first interview with Western journalists since they came to power in Afghanistan, the Taliban affirmed: They want to let the past be gone and look for a new beginning. “We want to build the future and forget what happened in the past,” said Taliban spokesman Sabiullah Mujahid “New York Times”.

Mujahid rejects widespread fears that the Taliban are already taking revenge on their opponents and reintroducing the strict controls on women for whom they were notorious in power over two decades ago.