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Women's protests are abruptly ended by Taliban special forces

Camouflaged Taliban special forces fired their weapons into the sky Saturday. This was the result of a protest march by Afghan women seeking equal rights from the new rulers.

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Women's protests are abruptly ended by Taliban special forces

On Saturday, the head of Pakistan's powerful intelligence agency made an unexpected visit to Kabul.

The Taliban took control of most of Afghanistan in a matter of days and celebrated the departure from the United States forces that had fought them for 20 years. Insurgents must now manage a war-ravaged nation that heavily depends on international aid.

Peacefully began the women's march, which was the second in two days in Kabul. To honor the Afghan soldiers who died fighting Taliban, demonstrators laid a wreath at the Defense Ministry in Afghanistan before marching to the Presidential Palace.

Maryam Naiby, a 20-year old protester, said that "We are here for human rights in Afghanistan." "I love my country. "I will always be here."

As protesters shouted louder, many Taliban officials entered the crowd to find out what they had to say.

Sudaba Kabiri (a university student aged 24) was accosted by other demonstrators and told her Taliban interlocutor about Islam's Prophet giving women rights. She also wanted hers. Although the Taliban official said women would get their rights, women in their 20s were skeptical.

A dozen Taliban special forces ran into protestors as they approached the presidential palace. They fired in the air, sending them fleeing. Kabiri, speaking to The Associated Press, stated that they also used tear gas.

Taliban promise an inclusive government and a moderater form of Islamic rule, which is a far cry from when they ruled Afghanistan in 1996-2001. Many Afghans, particularly women, remain skeptical about the promise of an inclusive government and a more moderate form of Islamic rule. They fear losing rights they have gained in the past two decades.

Several Taliban officials have been meeting with each other for the past two weeks amid reports of growing tensions. On Saturday, Gen. Faiez Hameed, Pakistan's intelligence chief, made an unexpected visit to Kabul. Although it wasn't immediately obvious what he said to the Taliban leaders, the Pakistani intelligence services has a strong influence over them.

The Taliban leadership was based in Pakistan, and often claimed to have been in direct contact with powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency. Although Pakistan denied any military assistance to the Taliban, Washington and the Afghan government often accused Pakistan.

Faiez's visit is coming as the world waits for the Taliban to announce their next government. They want one that is inclusive and protects the rights of women.

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