Australia’s peak Muslim physique has come underneath hearth for what’s been referred to as a “fully inappropriate” choice for an upcoming occasion.
Australia’s peak Muslim physique has come underneath hearth for his or her “fully inappropriate” choice to platform recognized Taliban leaders at a digital occasion this weekend.
The “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and Diaspora Muslims” occasion, organised by the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils for Saturday evening, advertises a “stellar panel of audio system” that features two recognized Taliban members, “whether or not (attendees are) in favour or in opposition to current developments”.
Among the many panel members are Sheik Sohail Shaheen, who has been the official spokesman for the Taliban because the group took over Afghanistan in August following the US and Australian withdrawal.
Fellow panel member Sheik Sayed Abdul Basir Sabiri can be a senior Taliban determine.
Senator Penny Wong stated the choice to permit the Taliban a platform in Australia was “unjustifiable”.
“The Taliban has been accountable for horrific atrocities in opposition to the individuals of Afghanistan – together with girls, ladies and Hazaras – all through their brutal rule and up to date resurgence,” she stated.
“It’s also deeply distressing to the various Australians who’ve served in Afghanistan and the tens of hundreds of Afghans who’ve sought asylum and constructed lives in Australia.”
Residence Affairs Minister Karen Andrews stated she inspired the organisers to contemplate whether or not the occasion ought to go forward.
“The Taliban’s Cupboard has no girls, no representatives from the ethnic Hazara group and few others from different ethnic minorities, and contains members of a US-designated terror group,” she stated.
“I encourage the organisers to suppose deeply about their occasion, and mirror on how a lot damage it could trigger veterans, Australian Afghans, ethnic Hazaras, and the ladies of Afghanistan – all of whom have suffered underneath the Taliban – for it to go forward as reported this morning.”
The occasion has additionally been condemned by Muslim advocates, together with Sharhram Akbarzadeh, a Deakin College professor who referred to as the choice to host the occasion “disastrous”.
“They clearly didn’t seek the advice of the hundreds of Afghan diaspora in Australia about what it means to have the Taliban again in energy. Mistaken on so many ranges. It’s gobsmacking,” he stated.
Fellow advocate Sitrah Mohammadi, whose household fled Afghanistan within the late Nineteen Nineties, stated it was “horrifying” that the Taliban figures had been given a platform “to unfold their propaganda”.
“Hazaras have suffered tragically at their arms and proceed to take action,” she stated.
“The Hazaras are presently going through compelled land evictions and ethnic cleaning by the hands of the Taliban in Afghanistan. This occasion would enable the Taliban to advance its push for international legitimacy and strengthen its oppressive rule.”
Different audio system embody AFIC president Rateb Jneid and Nationwide Grand Mufti of Australia Imam Abdul Quddoos Al Azhari.
The Prime Minister and the Residence Affairs Minister have been contacted for remark.