Recent Protests in Kabul streets have made the Taliban to announce a ban on all protests in Kabul and other provinces in Afghanistan which have not attained prior permission.
Afghans remain worried while others are so determined to challenge the Taliban oppressive rule. The country’s new rulers have released a statement saying no one is allowed to go on to the street to demonstrate without authorization from the justice and interior ministry.
Additionally, the interim government added that any consequences for those who protest without approval would be their own responsibility.
This announcement came just one day after Taliban gunmen fired in the air to disperse anti-Pakistan protesters in Kabul. It was the second successive day that women had marched through the Afghan capital, demanding their freedoms are guaranteed under the new Islamist regime.
For now, the Taliban Militants have gained control of all cities and towns in Afghanistan and are in full control taking the mantle from the US Troops and shamelessly using all US military hardware and cars at their disposal.
On a surprising note, the demonstrations began peacefully with a number of women laying a wreath outside the defence ministry in honour of Afghan soldiers who died fighting the Taliban. But as their shouts became louder, Taliban fighters waded into the crowds to ask what the women wanted.
It should also be noted that there have been reports of revenge killings and other brutal tactics in areas of the country the Taliban have seized in recent days. Reports of gunfire at the airport raised the specter of more violence. One female journalist, weeping, sent voice messages to colleagues after armed men entered her apartment building and banged on her door.
Hundreds of Kabul residents came out on the streets today in protest against what they said was meddling by Pakistan in Afghanistan’s affairs, three weeks after the Taliban’s takeover. In videos shared by local journalists on social media, the crowds were heard shouting slogans like “death to Pakistan”, “we don’t want a Pakistani puppet government” and “Pakistan, leave Afghanistan”, among others.
The angry protesters were evidently showing the Taliban group that they ought to take responsibility of the country and most importantly uphold the rights of women in their rul.
The armed group has not yet announced a government, but the name of a lesser known Taliban leader who is in the United Nations terror watch list, Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, is doing the rounds as a compromise candidate for the next Prime Minister of Afghanistan.
This demonstrations come one day after the leader of the anti-Taliban fighters, Ahmad Massoud, called for a “national uprising” by civilians against the militants.
In august, dozens of nations called on all parties involved to respect and facilitate the departure of foreigners and Afghans who wish to leave.
More than 60 nations released the joint statement distributed by the U.S. State Department late Sunday night Washington time. The statement says that those in power and authority across Afghanistan bear responsibility and accountability for the protection of human life and property, and for the immediate restoration of security and civil order.
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