The Taliban is calling for the formation of an “elite religious council” instead of “democracy” to choose the leaders of Afghanistan in the future Islamic system

The Taliban on Sunday demanded the formation of an “elite religious council” to replace democratic methods for selecting Afghan leaders in the future Islamic system.

A spokesman for the movement Zabihullah Mujahid told a Dutch network that the movement seeks to form a strong council composed of religious leaders to choose future leaders of Afghanistan.

Such councils choose the caliph or leader of Islamic countries and form central parts of political systems based on Islam according to the Sunni approach.

It was such a council that appointed the founder of the Taliban, Mullah Omar, as a leader after the movement seized power in 1996.

In the same dialogue, Mujahid rejected the Afghan constitution, which guarantees the rights of religious minorities, women, the media and freedom of expression, saying that the law was drawn up with the help of the occupying forces.

These comments come a week after the start of the Afghan peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government in the Qatari capital, Doha.

The Afghan government has repeatedly requested the Taliban to adhere to a ceasefire during the talks, but the movement has said that it will not stop the conflict until the root causes are resolved.

In response to criticism that women are not participating in the Taliban’s negotiating team, Mujahid said that women are not sufficiently qualified to participate.

Mujahid, however, made it clear that women would be allowed to play a limited role in the country’s judicial, educational and health sectors in the future “true Islamic order” that the group seeks.