Afghanistan’s Taliban govt marks two years since return to power

Distributors promote flags of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan — the identify given to the nation by its new rulers — within the capital Kabul forward of the anniversary of the Taliban takeover (Wakil KOHSAR)

Afghanistan’s Taliban authorities was set Tuesday to mark the second anniversary of their takeover of the nation with a navy parade within the motion’s birthplace, in addition to different celebrations of their surge again to energy.

Flags of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan — the identify given to the nation by its new rulers — fluttered at safety checkpoints throughout the capital, which fell on August 15, 2021, when the US-backed authorities collapsed and its leaders fled into exile.

Within the two years since, Taliban authorities have imposed their strict interpretation of Islam on the nation, with girls bearing the brunt of legal guidelines the United Nations has termed “gender apartheid”.

The parade, together with scores of navy automobiles and weapons left behind by worldwide forces after a weeks-long chaotic withdrawal, was to be held in Kandahar, the cradle of the Taliban motion and from the place reclusive Supreme Chief Hibatullah Akhundzada guidelines by decree.

Elsewhere, convoys of Taliban members are resulting from drive by means of the streets of Herat within the west, whereas in Kabul, the schooling ministry will host a celebration at a faculty in part of the town as soon as stacked with diplomats who are actually skinny on the bottom — the Taliban authorities nonetheless unrecognised formally by every other nation.

The worldwide group continues to grapple with how, and if, to interact with the Taliban authorities, with restrictions on girls’s rights — squeezed from public areas and avenues to work and schooling — a key impediment in negotiations over support and recognition.

A bunch of UN specialists on Monday hit out at pledges by Taliban authorities of a softer rule than throughout their first stint in energy from 1996 till 2001.

“Regardless of reassurances by the Taliban de facto authorities that any restrictions, significantly by way of entry to schooling could be short-term, the info on the bottom have demonstrated an accelerated, systematic, and all engulfing system of segregation, marginalization and persecution,” the specialists stated in an announcement.

– ‘Need their freedom again’ –

Afghan girls forward of the anniversary have expressed worry and despair over the lack of rights — a handful holding small demonstrations, a lot of their faces coated with masks.

However Afghans additionally pointed to fret over an financial and humanitarian disaster in movement because the Taliban takeover, as support dried up and sanctions had been imposed.

Farmer Rahatullah Azizi informed AFP he used to earn a dwelling off his crops however now has “simply sufficient to eat”.

He expressed reduction, nonetheless, that the safety state of affairs was higher, noting he may now journey freely at evening with out worry of being mugged.

However whereas safety has drastically improved prior to now two years, the Islamic State group stays a menace, and tensions have risen with Pakistan over a rise of assaults within the international locations’ shared border areas.

Taliban authorities have pledged that Afghan territory will not be utilized by international militants to stage assaults overseas, however it stays a sticking level.

However whereas some Afghans have fun the top of preventing and Taliban rule, others see it as a grim anniversary.

“All of the women and girls of Afghanistan need their freedom again,” stated former scholar Hamasah Bawar.

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