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Australian Islamic Council Cancels Online Event Featuring Taliban Representativeson October 14, 2021 at 12:57 am

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The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) has cancelled a planned event after it attracted criticism for providing a platform for senior Taliban representatives to speak in Australia to Muslim youth. The online forum was titled The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and Diaspora Muslims, and was billed as a “stellar panel of speakers” discussing “the future of Afghanistan and our role, regardless of whether we are in favour or against ­recent ­developments.” Suhail Shaheen who has been the Taliban’s spokesperson since U.S. troops withdrew from Afghanistan in August, was advertised as being on the panel. Another Taliban representative, Sayed Abdul Basir Sabiri, was also listed. Federal Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews, in a statement, encouraged the AFIC event organisers to reconsider the planned event. “I encourage the organisers to think deeply about their event, and reflect on how much hurt it would cause veterans, Australian Afghans, ethnic Hazaras, and the …

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