The Taliban, desperately trying to present a moderate face after coming to power in Afghanistan, have blown up a statue of a Shiite militia leader who fought against them during the civil war in the 1990s. ۔
When Islamic militants seized power from rival fighters in 1996, they assassinated militia leader Abdul Ali Mazari – a champion of the country’s ethnic Hazara minority, a Shia who was persecuted during the Sunni Taliban’s first rule. ۔
The statue stands in the central province of Bamyan, where the Taliban blew up two 1,500-year-old Buddha statues on a large mountain in 2001, claiming they violated Islam’s ban on idolatry. Is.
The Taliban have been on a PR campaign since the end of their Quick Silver campaign to retake Afghanistan since the overthrow of the government in Kabul on Sunday.
They claim that they have changed and will not impose the same strict sanctions when they last ruled with iron, except for abolishing women’s rights. Public execution And a ban on television and music
In particular, the insurgents also vowed not to take revenge on those who opposed them, even though many are Afghans. Be in deep doubt.
Thousands are fleeing to airports and borders. Running away from a war-torn country.While others are hanging in their homes, they are terrified after prisons and weapons were emptied during militant attacks across the country.
On Wednesday, armed militant groups patrolled a high-rise neighborhood in the capital, home to many embassies and mansions of the Afghan elite. The Taliban have promised to maintain security, but many citizens are as frightened of them as they are of potential chaos.
According to Saleem Ahmed, a local resident, in a rare show of dissent, dozens of people gathered in the eastern city of Jalalabad and raised the national flag in an anti-Taliban demonstration.
Insurgents carrying their own flag, a white banner with Islamic inscriptions, fired into the air to disperse the crowd, he said. No casualties were immediately reported.
Another promise the Taliban make eye to eye is to prevent Afghanistan from being used again as a base for planning terrorist attacks.
It was included in the 2020 peace agreement. With the Trump administration It paved the way for the withdrawal of US troops, some of whom will be out by the end of last month.
When the Taliban last came to power, they sheltered Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda while planning 9/11 attacks. US officials fear al-Qaeda and other groups could reorganize in Afghanistan as the Taliban return to power.
The Taliban has vowed to form a “comprehensive, Islamic government” and is in talks with former President Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah, a senior official in the falling government.
Photos circulating online Wednesday show the two meeting with Anas Haqqani, a senior leader of a powerful Taliban faction. In 2012, the United States declared the Haqqani Network a terrorist group – and its involvement in the next government could lead to international sanctions.
Post with wires.