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 vice chairman Amrullah Saleh immediately paraded the flag of the ‘northern alliance’ – an anti-Taliban league of warlords and politicians – by way of the Panjshir Valley, an space simply 80 miles north of Kabul that the jihadists have by no means conquered.

Meanwhile protesters marched by way of the cities of Jalalabad and Khost, which sit an identical 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 major sq. and changing it with the nationwide colors.

More video then appeared to indicate Taliban gunmen opening hearth on crowds in each places, although there have been no rapid studies of casualties.

The Taliban has tried laborious to current itself as the authentic 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 girls’s rights and cease all reprisal assaults in remarks that raised eyebrows and solicited scepticism.  

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

Pictured: Protesters marched by way of 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 through the city of Khost on Wednesday, which sit around 80 miles from the Afghan capital of Kabul. Taliban are reported to have fired shots at the protest, but there was no immediate reports of casualties in the city

Pictured: Protesters march by way of 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 rapid studies 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 warfare in the Nineteen Nineties, in response to photographs circulating on Wednesday, sowing additional doubt about their claims to have turn into 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 girls’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 could possibly be the early makings of one other civil warfare.

The video from the Panjshir Valley confirmed a convoy of automobiles 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 vehicles and driving motorbikes and mopeds are proven in the video driving down a rural highway waving the flags. The video lasts over two minutes, throughout which a continuing stream of a whole lot of automobiles are proven passing by way of.

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

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

Another Jalalabad demonstration caught on video noticed folks 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 indicate 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, folks could possibly be seen waving Afghanistan flags from an overpass.

Other footage appeared to indicate the Taliban firing close to protesters in Khost, however no casualties have been instantly reported, elevating the suggestion that the photographs have been fired in an try to regulate the crowd.

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

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

Pictured: Protesters walk through a busy road-way in Jalalabad waving an Afghan flag

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

Troops loyal to vice president Amrullah Saleh today paraded the flag of the 'northern alliance' - an anti-Taliban league of warlords and politicians - through the Panjshir Valley, an area just 80 miles north of Kabul

Troops loyal to vice chairman Amrullah Saleh immediately paraded the flag of the ‘northern alliance’ – an anti-Taliban league of warlords and politicians – by way of 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 ‘authentic 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 pressure Mi-17, a Soviet designed army helicopter. 

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

Several of the group sported army uniforms, whereas others have 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 warfare 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 referred to as on Afghans to indicate that Afghanistan ‘is not Vietnam & the Talibs aren’t even remotely like Vietcong’. 

At a press conference on Tuesday, spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid (pictured) laid out the Taliban's vision for the country - promising to guarantee women's rights and stop all reprisal attacks in remarks that raised eyebrows

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

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

A woman wearing a blue-coloured burqa walks next to the construction site of a building in Kabul on June 21, 2021

A girl carrying a blue-coloured burqa walks subsequent to the building 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, girls and women have been largely denied training or employment. 

Burqas – full physique and face coverings – turned obligatory in public, girls couldn’t go away dwelling and not using a male companion, and public floggings and executions, together with stoning for adultery, have been carried out in metropolis squares and stadiums.

Under risk of execution, women have been banned from mainstream training after the age of eight – forcing those that wished to be taught to take action in secret faculties. 

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

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

In October 1996, for example, a girl had the tip of her thumb reduce off for carrying 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, girls typically remained marginalised, particularly in rural areas.

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

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the Security Council at an emergency assembly on Monday ‘and the worldwide neighborhood as an entire to face collectively, work collectively and act collectively.’

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

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 desires of a technology 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 will be met.’

Mr Guterres mentioned the UN continues to have workers and places of work in areas now beneath Taliban management, and which thus far have been revered. ‘Above all, we are going to keep and ship in assist of the Afghan folks in their hour of want.’

‘We can not and should not abandon the folks 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 have been crushed in the avenue or publicly executed, denied work, healthcare and an training, and barred from leaving dwelling and not using a male chaperone. 

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

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

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

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

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

The Taliban denied it was imposing 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 loss of life girls 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 international fighters to make use of Afghanistan ‘in opposition to anyone’.

‘I wish to guarantee the worldwide neighborhood that no person 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 need to have any issues with the worldwide neighborhood,’ he added, earlier than defending the Taliban’s proper to ‘act in response to our spiritual ideas.’

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

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

‘We need to be certain Afghanistan just isn’t the battlefield of battle anymore. We need to grant amnesty to those that have fought in opposition to us,’ he mentioned.

He described the Taliban’s ’20 yr wrestle for freedom, emancipating the nation kind occupation,’ and mentioned of the latest incursion: ‘This was our proper, we now have achieved our proper, I wish 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 wish 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 unbiased.

‘Islam is essential in our nation… Therefore Islamic values must be taken under consideration in relation to the media, to creating your programmes.

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