New Delhi: The first retaliate against the Taliban confiscation of Afghanistan approached to draw a brutal response from the country’s new leaders. Reports from the local media advised wounds, possibly even demises as the Taliban opened fire on a dissent where the national flag was unrolled. The firing comes as unfamiliar dialogues started in Kabul between the Taliban and ex-president Hamid Karzai and other leaders amid speculation of a “unity government”.
At the challenge today in Jalalabad — the last city that crashed to Taliban before Kabul — people had taken down the Taliban flag and unrolled the red, green and black national flag, reports said.
Videos tweeted by local news agency Pajhwok Afghan News displayed people carrying the national flag crossing a street. Abruptly shots banged, followed by staccato machine gun fire. The procession halts and people start raising slogans.
“Taliban firing on dissenters in Jalalabad city and beating some video journalists,” .
This was the first retaliation against the Taliban since it marched into Kabul on Sunday, detonating an attempted evacuation by thousands, especially women, children and people who supported the western troops during the 20-year occupation by the US.
Though the Taliban has attempted to project a softer image this time, declaring a general freedom and calling women to join their work in the government, the memories of public whipping, execution and stoning for adultery during their rule between 1996 and 2001 is still strong.
Many are afraid for their lives and livelihood. Unpleasant pictures of their desperation to exit the country came from the Kabul airport, where many men, unable to access a seat in flights, climbed onto the wings of aircraft and fell to their deaths.
In Kabul, amid, top Taliban commander Anas Haqqani met Afghan ex-president Hamid Karzai and ex-foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah.
The Haqqani Network, driven by Anas Haqqani, is a crucial faction of the Taliban. The network, based on the boundary with Pakistan, was blamed over recent years for some of the most lethal terrorist onslaught in Afghanistan.