“Remember us”: Afghan women tell Hina Rabbani Khar

A leading Afghan women’s organization encouraged Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar, who was in Kabul on Tuesday to discuss relations with the country’s Taliban rulers, not to ignore their suffering.

Khar’s trip comes weeks after the Taliban placed additional restrictions on Afghan women, forbidding them from parks, amusement parks, fitness centers, and public baths.

On Friday, the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Afghanistan stated that Taliban restrictions on women and girls may constitute a “crime against humanity.”

The Afghan Women’s Network, including numerous activist groups, said in an open letter to Khar, “You serve as an example of the position of women in our neighboring country.”

“We urge you to utilize your visit not just as a minister, but also as a woman and a Muslim woman leader, in order to help the women of Afghanistan and build our unity.”

The minister also met with a Women’s Chamber of Commerce delegation, where she indicated significant interest in increasing ties between Pakistani and Afghan entrepreneurs.

No nation has recognized the Taliban rule, and visits by foreign diplomats, much less prominent ladies, are uncommon.

Khar is in Kabul, heading a high-level group of Pakistani officials on a one-day visit to meet with Afghan government officials. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) called off a months-long truce with Pakistan before the bilateral talks.