Taliban stage present of energy with parade after protests

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Taliban fighters paraded by way of a northwest Afghan metropolis in a present of energy on the weekend, days after reinforcements have been despatched to quell unrest over the detention of a well-liked commander.

Protests erupted final week in Maymana, capital of Faryab province, after an Uzbek Taliban commander was detained for alleged hyperlinks to a kidnapping plot.

The unrest sparked fears of tensions between Uzbek and Pashtun civilians and Taliban fighters, with unconfirmed experiences that members of each ethnic teams had been killed in remoted clashes.

“We deployed a whole lot of forces from neighbouring provinces and the scenario is below management now,” Latifullah Hakimi, a senior defence ministry official, advised AFP on the weekend.

Sunday’s parade included columns of masked fighters clad in matching white shalwar kameez tunics, khaki fight vests, and headscarves inscribed with the Muslim declaration of religion.

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Dozens extra closely armed fighters in jungle camouflage rode on the again of pick-up vans and armoured automobiles, seized from Afghan authorities and US forces throughout the Taliban’s lightning-fast summer time takeover.

Residents of Maymana lined the route, many stony-faced as they filmed the parade with their telephone cameras.

“Two days in the past the scenario was not good due to the demonstration, however now the scenario is regular,” stated Rohullah, a 20-year-old shopkeeper.

“The one downside we now have is that folks haven’t got jobs…  however they’re very proud of the safety.”

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The present of drive comes as Afghanistan’s new rulers battle to evolve from an insurgency to a governing energy in a rustic on the point of financial collapse, with the United Nations estimating greater than half the inhabitants is dealing with acute starvation.

Self-discipline among the many rank and file — significantly in distant areas — is turning into an issue, with native commanders ignoring edicts from Kabul or implementing orders to their very own whim.

Promising a softer rule than their 1996-2001 regime, the Taliban have launched a fee to determine members flouting laws -– dismissing nearly 3,000 folks.

“We had a army parade within the metropolis to guarantee the folks that we are going to not let anybody interrupt safety,” stated Jaweed, a Maymana commander who like many goes by just one title.

 

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