September 17, 2021

Updates from Afghanistan Under Taliban Control

Anthony Tilghman
Anthony Tilghman, is an 2x Award-winning photographer, Education advocate, Mentor, and Published Author with years of experience in media, photography, marketing and branding. He is the Winner of the 2020 & 2021 Dateline award for Excellence in Local Journalism.

The Taliban governed Afghanistan with a hard hand 20 years ago. The word of the tragic strikes on America was broadcast from sizzling radios from across gloomy alleys of Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, on September 11, 2001. Kabul seldomly had an electricity supply at the time, and only about a million persons resided there. The Taliban were pushed from their last stronghold in southern Kandahar, their spiritual home, in only two months by a US-led alliance and annihilated on December 7, 2001.

Now that the Taliban has retaken authority, after a twenty-year exile and the United States has left Afghanistan, concluding its ‘long war,’ any gains in liberty are rapidly eroded. As the United States and the rest of the globe commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Taliban interim government’s prime minister, Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, raised their signature white flag, inscribed with a Quranic text, in a subtle ceremony, out over Afghan state house. This action served to deliver a deliberate message that the nation is now under the new authority and that conventional regulations are no longer applicable.

Since the Taliban’s early control in the 1990s, several things have altered. The gun-toting warriors are not speeding through the city alleys in their pickup trucks this time. Rather, they make their way through the city’s hectic, congested traffic. Barber shops were outlawed in Taliban-controlled Kabul in the 1990s. Taliban fighters now get the most up-to-date haircuts, even if their beards are left uncut under their religious views.

The Taliban’s all-male, all-Taliban administration was revealed earlier last week, disappointing the international world, which had anticipated the Taliban might follow through on a previous commitment to form a diverse-gender government. In addition, they have started issuing cruel precepts, which have disproportionately affected women, like banning women’s sports. They have likewise utilized violence to dissuade women from protesting for equal rights. In light of this matter, the United Nations has expressed concern about the Taliban’s repression of protests, which have been outlawed indefinitely, and has criticized the alleged savage assault of journalists covering those protests.

On Saturday, the Taliban reportedly organized their own women’s march. Hundreds of women were veiled from head-to-toe by folds of dark veils, packed an auditorium at Kabul University’s teaching center, in a well-choreographed insult to the previous two decades of Western attempts to promote equality. The women’s speakers recited rehearsed remarks hailing the Taliban’s triumph over an ‘anti-Islamic West,’ while the rest paraded momentarily outside the institute grounds, brandishing signs that read, ‘The ladies who fled do not symbolize us,’ alluding to the thousands of Ladies who left in terror of a Taliban onslaught on their rights. In another placard, they stated that they do not want co-education, a matter that was later set out on a press conference on Sunday by Abdul Baqi Haqqani, the new minister of higher education.

Foreigners who want to leave Afghanistan are being issued safe passage by the Taliban government. However, on Saturday, a CBS Crew at the Pakistan border delineated the new government is halting Afghans departing the nation without the proper travel documents. Sadly, Afghans without the right travel documents constitute the majority of individuals who want to flee.

From Twitter @KhalidKhanNasar

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