The questions came thick and fast but the woman sitting on the podium in a pink headscarf and high heels took them all in her stride. The Taliban, the Northern Alliance, Hamid Karzai, women’s rights: Fawzia Koofi answered fluently and politely, even to the London School of Economics student who wondered if the Taliban didn’t after all bring a degree of stability to Afghanistan.
Then, just as the session was drawing to a close, a member of the audience asked, with a wry smile: “Some people in the west think it’s natural that the president of Afghanistan be a Pashtun and a man. Please discuss.” The room tittered. Koofi smiled.
The question was both playful and pertinent, for there is perhaps no one better placed to answer it than the small, quietly determined 36-year-old woman who found herself speaking on Friday at London’s Chatham House.
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