When the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan in mid-August, there were New group promiseswho put the past behind him and ruled out retaliatory attacks on his former foes.
Since then, both eyewitnesses and organizations have told Quite the opposite stories. Now that all western forces are out of the country, there are once again stories of bloody Taliban revenge.
Many Afghan sources now say BBC The Taliban is actively searching for and killing people who promised amnesty a few weeks ago. Both Afghans who managed to flee the country, as well as people who are still there, say Jemaah Islamiyah executed two high-ranking police chiefs last week. Video footage given access to the BBC shows how someone kneeled before being shot.
will ask to return
Former policewoman Zala Zazai is one of the lucky ones who managed to escape the country. She is now in neighboring Tajikistan, where she fears for the safety of her former classmates.
“The Taliban call them and ask them to come to work and ask for their address,” Zazai told the BBC.
Although she managed to flee the country with her mother, she is still out of reach of the Taliban. The Taliban sent several text messages to their mother, urging them to return to Afghanistan to “live in an Islamic way”.
Another escapee had previously served as a soldier in the army with his three brothers. He says the Taliban are now threatening family members still remaining in the country, and are demanding financial compensation for the brothers’ participation in the army.
In Afghanistan, a former special forces soldier is forced to live in hiding after the execution of his former colleagues.
– Since the Taliban came to power, they have not stopped killing. A few days ago, they killed twelve soldiers of the Special Forces in Kandahar and three soldiers in Jalalabad. They were my best friends, and I called them. A special forces soldier told the BBC that the Taliban drove them out of their homes and shot them.
moving every day
The BBC said it had failed to verify the stories of the revenge killing of the Taliban, stories the group itself denies. I still have Stories of the Taliban’s bloody revenge It has increased in range in recent weeks.
A senior Afghan police official said the Taliban were looking for him. Like many others the BBC spoke to, he wishes to remain anonymous for his own safety.
– They arrested my assistant and interrogated him for five hours. They treated him very badly and wanted to know where I was. If they forgive everyone, why are they chasing after me?
Together with the family, the policeman moves every day.
– I can’t bear to cross the border. The problem is that the Taliban do not have a judicial system. They have neither courts nor prisons. They just kill.
Hang the dog for politicians
In addition to the police and security forces, politicians and bureaucrats also say they are hunted by the Taliban. British politician Nusrat Ghani said she is trying hard to help more women and girls who are still trapped in Afghanistan. This includes, among other things, a politician who for a long time was an outspoken opposition to the ideology of the Taliban.
– You know the Taliban will kill her if you catch her. Ghani said they searched her house and hung her dog Sky News.
The conservative politician does not believe in the promises changed by the Taliban.
– Their ideology is the same. Ghani says they are fighting an endless war against unbelievers, and their only wishes are to establish a caliphate where women and girls have no place.
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