Former Afghanistan ambassador to US: Afghan women 'are in a state of panic'

Former Afghanistan Ambassador to the U.S. Roya Rahmani on Sunday said Afghan women are “in a state of panic” upon the Taliban's seizure of power that has left many women feeling their rights are in jeopardy. 

“With the announcement of the new rules and how the Taliban are going to be conducting themselves, there is already -- the alarms are going off for Afghan women. And they are in a state of panic,” Rahmani told host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperJon Stewart: It's a 'mistake' to focus all on Trump Buttigieg says delay in climate action will cost lives amid reports of Manchin roadblock Buttigieg says supply chain troubles could last into next year MORE on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Rahmani was the first woman to ever serve as Afghan ambassador to the U.S. until she was replaced without any official explanation in July, according to The Washington Post. She was selected to serve in 2018.

Rahmani said she is hearing reports of Afghan women “who are getting spotted” and who “feel unsafe,” adding that they are “continuously trying to relocate themselves.”

“And then, also, all those that are not necessarily in the public sphere, are not known, they don't know what their fate and life will be, talking about schoolgirls, talking about athletes, talking about those who are in a variety of different sectors that were not necessarily, for example, a civil society activist who was known and who is on the list to be evacuated,” Rahmani said.

“So they are really concerned about what is the future for them, and they're concerned about, of course, their own survival and possibilities moving forward,” she added.

Afghan women are becoming increasingly nervous as the Taliban continues its offensive in Afghanistan, with many fearful that their rights will again be restricted as they were 20 years ago when the insurgent group last had power in Afghanistan.

The Taliban has called on women to join government offices and encouraged showing females respect, but many are still fearful of what a Taliban regime could look like for women.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid, in an interview with NBC News last week, said women will have “all the rights that Islam promises,” adding “they can be doctors, teachers, be educated and can work to benefit society.”

“They are our sisters, we must show them respect. They should not be frightened. The Taliban are humans and from this country. They fought for our country. Women should be proud of us, not scared,” he added.