EU sanctions on Islamic Emirate not beneficial to any side, says Mujahid

KABUL (TOLOnews): Islamic Emirate spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid reacted to the European Union’s decision to sanction some leaders of the Islamic Emirate, saying that the move is “not beneficial to any side.”
On Thursday, the European Council said that it imposed restrictive measures against 18 individuals and 5 entities under the EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime, because of their responsibility for serious human rights violations and abuses in Afghanistan, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Ukraine and Russia.
“Six individuals were listed over various forms of sexual and gender-based violence,” said the Council of the EU in a statement.
The “acting Taliban Ministers of Education and Justice and the acting Taliban Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Afghanistan because of their role in depriving Afghan girls and women of their right to education, access to justice and equal treatment between men and women” are among these six individuals.
“These sanctions not only have a negative impact on the officials of Afghanistan but the Taliban should take serious actions to change the lives of the people of Afghanistan,” said Wais Naseri, political analyst.
Mujahid called on the EU to use dialogue instead of pressure and sanctions.
“Instead of using pressure and sanctions, interaction, dialogue and understanding should be used. Repeating the failed experience against Afghans and imposing politics did not give results,” he said on Twitter…
A women’s rights activist, Diva Patang, said that the restrictions have not benefited the Afghan women.
“The restrictions imposed by them repeatedly never benefited the women,” said Diva Patang, women’s rights activist.
Last March, the EU announced sanctions on nine individuals and three entities under its Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime, including two acting “Taliban” ministers– Higher Education Minister Neda Mohammad Nadim and the Minister of Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice Mohammad Khalid Hanafi–for being “behind the decrees banning women from higher education and gender-segregated practices in public spaces.”