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The Afghan resistance grows: Protesters fly the government flag in two regional cities

Rebel fighters and protesters have bravely defied the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan – flying flags of resistance throughout the nation in a present of defiance in opposition to the Islamists.

Troops loyal to vp Amrullah Saleh at present paraded the flag of the ‘northern alliance’ – an anti-Taliban league of warlords and politicians – via the Panjshir Valley, an space simply 80 miles north of Kabul that the jihadists have by no means conquered.

Meanwhile protesters marched via the cities of Jalalabad and Khost, which sit an analogous distance from the Afghan capital, waving the nationwide flag in defiance of the Taliban which changed it with their very own white emblem.

Images that appeared to have been taken in Khost confirmed college students – deserted by the Afghan military however unwilling to undergo the Taliban – eradicating the group’s flag from the most important sq. and changing it with the nationwide colors.

More video then appeared to point out Taliban gunmen opening fireplace on crowds in each areas, although there have been no quick experiences of casualties.

The Taliban has tried laborious to current itself as the legit government of Afghanistan after safety forces largely melted away as American and NATO troops withdrew, handing them again management of the nation.

At a press convention on Tuesday, spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid laid out their imaginative and prescient for the nation – promising to ensure ladies’s rights and cease all reprisal assaults in remarks that raised eyebrows and solicited scepticism.  

Pictured: Protesters marched via the cities of Jalalabad and Khost on Wednesday, which sit round 80 miles from the Afghan capital of Kabul. Pictured: Scenes from Jalalabad

Pictured: Protesters march via the metropolis of Khost on Wednesday, which sit round 80 miles from the Afghan capital of Kabul. Taliban are reported to have fired photographs at the protest, however there was no quick experiences of casualties in the metropolis

Meanwhile, the Taliban blew up the statue of a Shiite militia chief who fought in opposition to them throughout Afghanistan’s civil battle in the Nineteen Nineties, in keeping with pictures circulating on Wednesday, sowing additional doubt about their claims to have turn out to be extra average. 

The insurgents’ each motion in their sudden sweep to energy is being watched intently. They insist they’ve modified and will not impose the similar draconian restrictions they did after they final dominated Afghanistan, all however eliminating ladies’s rights, finishing up public executions and banning tv and music.

But regardless of the Taliban’s assurances, many in Afghanistan have made determined makes an attempt to flee. Some who cannot are taking a stand.

Multiple movies from the newly conquered nation confirmed a rising resistance in opposition to the Taliban, in what may very well be the early makings of one other civil battle.

The video from the Panjshir Valley confirmed a convoy of autos parading the inexperienced and white flag of the ‘northern alliance’ – an anti-Taliban league of warlords and politicians who’ve beforehand fought in opposition to the militant islamic group.

People driving automobiles and using motorbikes and mopeds are proven in the video driving down a rural street waving the flags. The video lasts over two minutes, throughout which a continuing stream of a whole bunch of autos are proven passing via.

Separate footage from Jalalabad – that lies roughly 80 miles to the east of Kabul – confirmed protesters marching via the streets of the metropolis waving the black, inexperienced and purple flag of Afghanistan.

As they marched via a market distrike, some individuals who had been strolling on the pavement had been seen becoming a member of the protesters’ demonstration.

Another Jalalabad demonstration caught on video noticed individuals driving down the avenue in yellow Tuk Tuks whereas others walked and ran alongside, many carrying Afghan flags.

Khost – discovered to the south of Kabul and Jalalabad – additionally performed host to some resistance to the Taliban on Wednesday. 

Images appeared to point out younger residents taking down the flag of the Taliban in a city sq., changing it with Afghanistan’s, and in one other video from the metropolis, individuals may very well be seen waving Afghanistan flags from an overpass.

Other footage appeared to point out the Taliban firing close to protesters in Khost, however no casualties had been instantly reported, elevating the suggestion that the photographs had been fired in an try to manage the crowd.

Pictured: People on an overpass wave Afghan nationwide flags in defiance of the Taliban on Wednesday in Khost.

Pictured: Protesters stroll via a busy road-way in Jalalabad waving an Afghan flag

Troops loyal to vp Amrullah Saleh at present paraded the flag of the ‘northern alliance’ – an anti-Taliban league of warlords and politicians – via the Panjshir Valley, an space simply 80 miles north of Kabul

Vice President Amrullah Saleh and Ahmad Massoud, the son of his former mentor and famed anti-Taliban fighter Ahmed Shah Massoud, are placing collectively a guerilla motion in the Panjshir Valley – the solely area not managed by the Taliban.  

Saleh mentioned on Tuesday he was in Afghanistan and the ‘legit caretaker president’ after President Ashraf Ghani fled the nation because it emerged he was massing troops and planning a counter offensive in opposition to the Taliban. 

Amrullah Saleh made the touch upon Twitter on Tuesday. He cited the Afghan structure was empowering him to declare this. He wrote that he was “reaching out to all leaders to secure their support & consensus.”

As of now, Afghan leaders, together with former President Hamid Karzai and peace council chief Abdullah Abdullah, have been negotiating with the Taliban since the fall of Kabul. 

Footage that emerged on Tuesday confirmed Massoud, accompanied by a closely armed entourage, boarding an Afghan air power Mi-17, a Soviet designed navy helicopter. 

At least 15 individuals boarded the flight and had been seen serving to one another climb on to the navy helicopter, considered taking off from inside the Panjshir area. 

Several of the group sported navy uniforms, whereas others had been seen in pakols – conventional round-topped woolen hats favoured by Ahmad Shah Massoud.

Saleh, who’s from the northern Panjshir valley, fled to his hometown on Sunday. The area is named a mountainous redoubt tucked into the Hindu Kush that by no means fell to the Taliban throughout the civil battle of the Nineteen Nineties or was conquered by the Soviets a decade earlier. 

He has vowed to not give up to the extremist group, writing on Twitter on Sunday: ‘I will not dis-appoint thousands and thousands who listened to me. I’ll by no means be beneath one ceiling with Taliban. NEVER’.   

In a collection of tweets on Tuesday, Saleh mentioned that it was ‘futile’ to argue with US President Joe Biden, who has determined to drag out US forces.

He known as on Afghans to point out that Afghanistan ‘is not Vietnam & the Talibs aren’t even remotely like Vietcong’. 

At a press convention on Tuesday, spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid (pictured) laid out the Taliban’s imaginative and prescient for the nation – promising to ensure ladies’s rights and cease all reprisal assaults in remarks that raised eyebrows

The Taliban’s battle on feminine Afghans: Islamic group’s brutal oppression of girls and ladies throughout Nineteen Nineties tyranny

A girl sporting a blue-coloured burqa walks subsequent to the development website of a constructing in Kabul on June 21, 2021 

Under the hardline model of Sharia – Islamic legislation – that the Taliban imposed the final time they managed the capital, ladies and ladies had been principally denied schooling or employment. 

Burqas – full physique and face coverings – turned necessary in public, ladies couldn’t depart house with no male companion, and public floggings and executions, together with stoning for adultery, had been carried out in metropolis squares and stadiums.

Under menace of execution, ladies had been banned from mainstream schooling after the age of eight – forcing those that needed to be taught to take action in secret colleges. 

From the age of eight, ladies weren’t allowed to be in direct contact with males apart from an in depth ‘blood relative’, husband, or in-law.

Punishments had been typically carried out publicly, both as formal spectacles held in sports activities stadiums or city squares or spontaneous avenue beatings. Many punishments had been meted out by particular person militias with out the sanction of Taliban authorities. 

In October 1996, for example, a lady had the tip of her thumb minimize off for sporting nail varnish – whereas in 1999, a mother-of-seven was executed in entrance of 30,000 spectators in Kabul’s Ghazi Sport stadium for murdering her husband. She had been jailed for three years and tortured previous to the execution, however had refused to plead her innocence in a bid to guard her daughter.

 Even after the Taliban’s ousting in 2001, ladies typically remained marginalised, particularly in rural areas.

The United Nations chief known as for a right away finish to violence in Afghanistan and urging the worldwide group to unite to make sure that the human rights of all persons are revered.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the Security Council at an emergency meeting on Monday ‘and the worldwide group as a complete to face collectively, work collectively and act collectively.’

He mentioned he’s ‘notably involved by accounts of mounting human rights violations in opposition to the ladies and ladies of Afghanistan who concern a return to the darkest days’ in the Nineteen Nineties when the Taliban dominated and barred ladies for getting an schooling and imposed draconian measures on ladies.

Mr Guterres mentioned ‘the world is following occasions in Afghanistan with a heavy coronary heart and deep disquiet about what lies forward’ and with the nation’s future and the hopes and goals of a era of younger Afghans in the steadiness, the coming days ‘might be pivotal.’

At this ‘grave hour,’ the secretary-general urged all events, particularly the Taliban, ‘to train utmost restraint to guard lives and to make sure that humanitarian wants may be met.’

Mr Guterres mentioned the UN continues to have employees and places of work in areas now beneath Taliban management, and which to date have been revered. ‘Above all, we’ll keep and ship in help of the Afghan individuals in their hour of want.’

‘We can not and should not abandon the individuals of Afghanistan,’ he mentioned.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, claimed on Tuesday ‘there’s a large distinction between us and the Taliban of 20 years in the past’, when feminine Afghans had been crushed in the avenue or publicly executed, denied work, healthcare and an schooling, and barred from leaving house with no male chaperone. 

During their press convention in the capital metropolis, the Taliban insisted ladies will obtain an schooling and ladies might be allowed to review at college – each of which had been forbidden beneath Taliban rule in Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001 earlier than the US-led invasion. 

The terror group additionally claimed they need ladies to be a part of the new government after feminine Afghans staged a protest outdoors a neighborhood Taliban HQ in Khair Khana district, a suburb of north-west Kabul, whereas chanting ‘honour and lives are protected’ and ‘be a part of voices with us’. 

However, ladies and ladies stay the most in danger beneath the new regime, with gangs in conquered areas allegedly searching youngsters as younger as 12 and single or widowed ladies they regard as spoils of battle – ‘qhanimat’ – being pressured into marriage or intercourse slavery. 

The Taliban has additionally mentioned ladies should put on hijabs however not burkas. During the press convention on Tuesday, Mujahid didn’t element what restrictions can be imposed on ladies, though he did say it could be a government with ‘robust Islamic values’.  

Mujahid claimed: ‘We are dedicated to the rights of girls beneath the system of Sharia. They are going to be working shoulder to shoulder with us. We want to guarantee the worldwide group that there might be no discrimination.’

The Taliban denied it was implementing intercourse slavery, and claims that such actions are in opposition to Islam. During the Nineteen Nineties, the regime established spiritual police for the suppression of ‘vice’, and courts handed out excessive punishments together with stoning to demise ladies accused of adultery. 

When requested by a reporter whether or not the Taliban would resign terrorist group Al-Qaeda, Mujahid answered evasively, saying the group wouldn’t allow overseas fighters to make use of Afghanistan ‘in opposition to anyone’.

‘I want to guarantee the worldwide group that no one might be harmed,’ Mujahid mentioned from the former government’s media info centre in Kabul, talking right into a row of microphones.

‘We don’t wish to have any issues with the worldwide group,’ he added, earlier than defending the Taliban’s proper to ‘act in keeping with our spiritual ideas.’

‘Other international locations have totally different approaches, guidelines and rules… the Afghans have the proper to have their very own guidelines and rules in accordance with our values.’

The spokesman urged that the Taliban meant to place the final 20 years behind them, claiming that the group is ‘not going to revenge anyone, we wouldn’t have grudges in opposition to anyone’. 

‘We wish to be certain that Afghanistan will not be the battlefield of battle anymore. We wish to grant amnesty to those that have fought in opposition to us,’ he mentioned.

He described the Taliban’s ’20 year battle for freedom, emancipating the nation kind occupation,’ and mentioned of the latest incursion: ‘This was our proper, now we have achieved our proper, I want to thank God for bringing us to this stage.’

There have additionally been considerations that the Taliban would prohibit media and journalists inside the nation. Mujahid additionally tried to allay these fears in Tuesdays convention.

‘I want to guarantee the media that we’re dedicated to the media inside our cultural frameworks’, Mujahid mentioned. ‘Private media can proceed to be free and impartial.

‘Islam is essential in our nation… Therefore Islamic values ought to be taken under consideration relating to the media, to growing your programmes.

‘Impartiality of the media is essential, they’ll critique our work in order that we will enhance. But the media mustn’t work in opposition to us’, he added.