A high-ranking mullah who was the Afghani Taliban regime’s Ambassador to Pakistan is an enthusiastic user of an Apple iPhone. The Taliban regime was notorious for its hostility to modernity including outlawing the internet, satellite TV and education and equal rights for women.
He is the same Mullah who told the Herald Sun’s Sasha Uzunov that the Taliban presumed that terrortard David Hicks was a “Zionist spy.”
Zaeef, who reconciled with the Afghan government after being released from U.S. custody, says he uses his iPhone to surf the Internet and find difficult locations, employing the built-in GPS. He even checks hisbank account balance online.
“It’s easy and modern and I love it,” Zaeef said as he pinched and pulled his fingers across the iPhone’s touch screen last week. “This is necessary in the world today. People want to progress.”
Indeed they do. There’s real progress being made in Afghanistan free of the vicious Taliban regime of misogyny and racism.
Young Afghans see the world differently from older Afghans because of their use of the Internet and mobile phones, and their participation in sports, said Shukria Barakzai, a female lawmaker and former newspaper editor.
Afghanistan’s youth are not caught up in “the old circle of war,” she said. “They are engaging with the rest of the world. That’s why technology is so important for Afghanistan.”
As an example she uses the popular television show Afghan Star, a version of the American Idol-style singing contest, which draws millions of viewers each week, both young and old. Viewers vote for a winner by text messaging, helping to promote democratic practices, she said.
Eight years ago Afghanistan had only a few hundred cell phone users, mostly members of the Taliban government. Today it has more than 8 million, meaning roughly one in four Afghans uses a mobile phone, according to government figures.