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Welcome to Kabul:Reconstructions. You can follow the information below, which has been gathered from a
number of sources by a number of participants (click on the names at left for bios), to reconstruct your
own picture of events in Kabul since this site was launched on March 8th, 2003 and, in a sense, since the
reconstruction of Afghanistan began somewhere in the winter of 2001-02.
Some of this information has been provided in response to specific questions submitted by visitors like you. Please note that this section of the project is now maintained as an archive and has not been updated since 2005. Click here to ASK A QUESTION.
Arian Mouj Sharifi
Ex-Taliban minister released from US custody (BBC)
BBC NEWS 2003/10/21 08:30:54 GMT Ex-Taleban minister is free A spokesman for President Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan has confirmed that former Taleban Foreign Minister Wakil Ahmad Mutawakil has been released from US custody at Bagram, north of Kabul. Mr Mutawakil was the most senior Taleban in custody, and - according to the spokesman - is among a number of Taleban who have made proposals of talks to the government. The spokesman said the government had yet to make up its mind on the offer. Earlier in the month, aides and family members of Mr Mutawakil said he had been released, although this was denied at the time by President Karzai. Mr Mutawakil is now at an airbase in his home city of Kandahar under US protection. Reports say he asked himself to be put under US protection. Taleban offer For two years, nothing has been heard from the Taleban except threats and calls for jihad, or holy war. Now a proposal for talks has come from members of the group, including Mr Mutawakil. This is the first ever offer of talks and comes a few weeks after President Karzai repeated an amnesty for all Taleban who do not have innocent blood on their hands. It also comes as the growing Taleban insurgency in the south means almost daily attacks on aid workers and American and Afghan troops. The presidential spokesman emphasised that no talks had yet taken place. Clearly the significance of the offer depends on who else is involved, observers say. Mr Mutawakil was never a commander, never had armed men of his own and was on the moderate wing of the movement. It is not known whether any of the radicals currently at war with Mr Karzai's government are also offering to talk rather than fight. -------------- Zalmai M.'s commentary with the email forwarded to me: If this is the definition of moderate Taliban, God forbid we see the radical Taliban. I direct you to Saira Shah's Beneath the Veil aired on CNN which interviewed the Taliban Foreign Minister Muttawakil. He was asked why a football stadium, funded by international organizations, was being used for public executions. Muttawakil replied, "Help us to build a place to conduct executions and we will not use the stadium."
Posted By: mariam   October 26th 2003, 2003 4:08 PM
Kabul: Partial Reconstructions is an installation
and public dialogue project that explores the multiple meanings and resonances of
the idea of reconstruction -- as both process and metaphor -- in the context of present-day Kabul.
www.kabul-reconstructions.net is an online discussion forum, information resource, and medium for the communication of questions and answers about the reconstruction between people inside and outside the city of Kabul itself.