Taliban will be judged on its ‘actions not words’ – PM

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Labour’s Chris Bryant says he feels “ashamed”, describing the situation as “the most sudden and catastrophic collapse of a foreign and military policy objective since Suez”. “We have managed to humiliate ourselves, we have shamed our politics and our way of doing business, we have trailed the British flag and […]

Labour’s Chris Bryant says he feels “ashamed”, describing the situation as “the most sudden and catastrophic collapse of a foreign and military policy objective since Suez”.

“We have managed to humiliate ourselves, we have shamed our politics and our way of doing business, we have trailed the British flag and frankly our own honour in the dirt and the mud,” he says.

Bryant goes on to say he is fearful for the women and children but also for the gay men in Afghanistan.

“Now they know that they will be exterminated,” he says, adding that gay men can be dealt with by stoning in Afghanistan.

He finishes by saying he is angry with the government and in particular with the prime minister, saying Boris Johnson was not courageous enough in standing up to the US president either this year or last year.

Tory MP Nusrat Ghani says when she worked for BBC World Service she had gathered some women to speak in the Afghan parliament for the first time.

“We did that under the threat of the Taliban. But I had a British passport, I knew I could come home and be safe. And I was naively optimistic and thought that these women’s lives would be improved for the better.

“And now I am receiving phone calls and they are telling me it is game over.”

She says it took 20 years to get 69 women MPs in Afghanistan but now they know they need to get out “and get out soon”, along with their families and people who have worked with them.

“It means that 20 years from now we will have to start all over again,” she says describing it as a “watershed of a failure by the West”.

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