Peace needs an opportunity: Afghans salute the agreement between the United States and the Taliban with concern and hope

KABUL: For millions of Afghans with war scars, the American Taliban It represents some hope for the end of years of bloodshed. Peace is extremely simple and my he deserves it. Today is the day when we may see a positive change, ”said Javed Hassan, 38, a teacher who lives on the outskirts of Kabul.

Hassan's children died in a bomb explosion carried out by the Taliban in 2018. Since then, he has been writing letters to world leaders urging them to end Afghanistan. war . And today your prayers have been answered.

Some people in the country were seen celebrating the end of an 18-year-old war . “We and are impatiently waiting for the foreign invaders to leave Afghanistan,” said , a resident of the east , where the Taliban boast a strong presence. “I do not know if peace will be achieved, but it is enough to just end the war ,” Zarmina, 27, from Ghazni said.

The agreement inked in Doha sets out a timetable to end America’s longest war , which has cost tens of thousands of lives, in return for a commitment by the Taliban to refuse sanctuary to jihadist groups such as al-Qaida and hold negotiations with the Kabul government.

But there were others who said they feared what comes next. Kabul The merchant said that while Afghans were hungry for peace, the agreement represented a victory for insurgents whose term in office from 1996 to 2001 saw the imposition of the strict Sharia law and confined women to their homes.

Immediately after the agreement was signed, the Taliban political spokesman He said that Afghan women should not worry about their rights.

But activist said she had no faith in such claims. “I don’t trust the Taliban, and remember how they suppressed women when they were ruling,” the 28-year-old said in Kabul. “Today is a dark day, and as I was watching the deal being signed, I had this bad feeling that it would result in their return to power rather than in peace,” she said.