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Canadian Minister under fire for calling Taliban “brothers”, issues clarification

Maryam Monsef's credibility as a Canadian leader came under fire when she referred to the Taliban in an online event as "brothers". She has not retracted her word but justified them by calling it a cultural reference.

Maryam Monsef, Canadian minister for women and gender equality and rural economic development, called the Taliban ‘brothers’ during an online press meet. She said ”I want to take this opportunity to speak to our brothers, the Taliban, ensure the safe and secure passage of any individual in Afghanistan out of the country.”


”We call on you to immediately stop the violence, the genocide, the femicide, the destruction of infrastructure, including heritage buildings. We call on you to return immediately to return to the peace-keeping table, to the peace deal that was negotiated, and to ensure that women and minority voices are part of that discussion in a meaningful way.” 

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Her statement went viral with netizens demanding an explanation behind this wording and many national and international officials called her out.


Due to the intense responses, especially on social media, Monsef issued a clarification saying that “brothers” was used as a ”cultural reference”. Despite her response, she was heavily bashed.


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Maryam Monsef is an Afghan-Canadian who is the first one to be a member of parliament in Canada’s history and also the first Muslim to work as a Minister in the federal cabinet of Canada.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asserted that Canada would continue its efforts and engagement in Afghanistan. He also said that the Canadian government would “put pressure on the Taliban” for the safety of the evacuees coming into Canada from the war-torn country.

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“We will ensure that in the coming months and years, we bring over 20000 Afghans to their new homes in Canada,” the Prime Minister said Canada has so far evacuated around 3,700 Canadian and Afghan citizens.


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