In the new Afghanistan, the future of women must be protected

Suhhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban, meets a group of women at the Intra Afghan Dialogue talks in Doha. AFP

In 2012, a novel titled The Taliban Cricket Club, by the writer Timeri N Murari, was published worldwide. Set in Kabul, its main protagonist was Rukhsana, a young journalist who chafed at the restrictions placed by the Taliban regime on Afghan women. Fired from her job at the fictional Kabul Daily, Rukhsana uses a pseudonym to file news stories for an Indian newspaper on life under…