Taliban consolidate their grip on Panjshir with executions and food restrictions

Taliban fighters atop a Humvee vehicle parade along a road to celebrate after the US pulled all its troops out of Afghanistan, in Kandahar on September 1, 2021 following the Taliban’s military takeover of the country. (AFP)

Witnesses informed the Washington Post that Taliban forces are increasing their grip on Panjshir by denying locals food and murdering people.

The Taliban killed at least eight civilians; witnesses told the Washington Post, who were "neither supporters of the resistance nor the Taliban."

Final Monday, the organization claimed possession of Panjshir, the last stronghold of the anti-Taliban opposition organization National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRF).

Resistance commander Ahmad Massoud, on the other hand, insisted on continuing the war and called for a nationwide revolt.

Protests in support of Massoud's movement erupted around the country in response to his requests.

On the other hand, the Taliban declared the protests illegal, and the UN accused the Taliban of using violence to disperse them.

The Taliban retaliated with live bullets, batons, and whips, according to UN rights spokesman Ravina Shamdasani, killing at least four protestors.

The Taliban have launched a charming drive to repair its hardline image from the 1996-2001 period since capturing control of Afghanistan on August 15.

On the other hand, activists and journalists claim that the reality on the ground is considerably different.

Women activists and past female politicians have indicated that they expect to be considered "second class" citizens at best.

The Taliban's cabinet was all-male when they unveiled it earlier this week, and the Ministry of Women's Affairs was disbanded.

Reporters Without Borders claims that women journalists are in the process of "disappearing" from Kabul as a result of the group's retaliation.

In addition, two Afghan journalists were severely assaulted with whips by the Taliban for covering the protests, according to an Afghan news agency. Pictures on social media showed bruising and blood-red welts on their backs and legs.

Publish : 2021-09-11 07:53:00

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