Afghan migrants denied asylum in Europe would be accepted by the Taliban government in Afghanistan, according to an Austrian newspaper report on Monday.
According to Austria’s conservative-led government, the country should continue deporting rejected asylum seekers back to Afghanistan for as long as possible.
In response to Kliment Nehammer’s concession, the Austrian Interior Minister wants “deportation centres” set up in neighbouring countries that can take them in
Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, told the Kronen Zeitung that his government would be willing to accept such deportees.
“Yes. They would be taken to court. The court would then have to decide how to proceed with them,” Zabihullah told the newspaper when asked if it would accept Afghans whose asylum claims had been denied or who had committed crimes in those European countries.
However, he did not elaborate on what sort of judgement they might face if they were prosecuted.
He also reiterated the commitment of the government to respect the rights of women under Islamic law, or Sharia.
"We will secure all rights that women are entitled to under Sharia," Zabihullah said. "We will grant women Islamic rights, enable education and create conditions for work. We are in the process of putting all that in place."