News ID: 316822
Published: 0339 GMT October 02, 2021

Afghanistan under neo-Taliban rule

Afghanistan under neo-Taliban rule

Here are the latest developments in Afghanistan following the second takeover of the country by the Taliban militant group on August 15:

US confused after Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan: Pakistan’s PM


Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the US government was confused after the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.

In an interview with TRT World, Imran Khan said that Washington will have to recognize the Taliban government in Afghanistan sooner or later.

“It won’t make any impact if Pakistan unilaterally recognizes the Taliban,” the prime minister said, adding that the US, Europe, China and Russia should recognize them on priority.

“Pakistan is in talks with neighboring countries on the matter and a decision will be taken after consultation.”


Afghan interpreters who worked for Netherlands summoned by Taliban: Report


Afghan interpreters who worked for the Netherlands have been summoned to appear in court by the Taliban who have threatened their families, Dutch public television NOS reported on Friday.

The interpreters are in hiding but their family members will be held responsible if they fail to show up in court "and severely punished to teach other traitors a lesson," said a letter from the Taliban, which was aired by the broadcaster, according to AFP.

NOS said the recipient, who worked for the EU's policing agency Europol in Afghanistan, was accused of taking "dishonorable and forbidden money" from foreigners.


Hunted by Taliban, former judges are disguising themselves


When the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in a sweeping offensive in August, they promised a "general amnesty" to all Afghans, including those who had worked for the previous government or with foreign forces.

Despite their promises, multiple sources told Business Insider news website that Taliban forces have been going door-to-door hunting for former government officials to carry out revenge killings.

Judges, in particular, are targeted because of the role they previously played in imprisoning the militants.


Taliban to probe reports of civilians tortured, killed in Panjshir


The Taliban government’s Ministry of the Interior said it will launch an investigation into reports of killing and torture of civilians in Panjshir Province.

In a statement issued on Friday, the ministry’s spokesperson Qari Saeed Khosty said Taliban will not allow anyone to torture people after the amnesty it announced. If any minor incidents happen in some places, the government will try to investigate it, TOLOnews reported.

The announcement came after a number of Panjshir residents said some Taliban members tortured civilians and asked for weapons.


Children dying of malnutrition in Afghanistan: Officials


Children are dying of starvation in Afghanistan, local and international sources said Saturday, following warnings that a million youngsters there could face life-threatening malnutrition by the end of the year.

In Ghor, one of the affected provinces, at least 17 children among those who made it to hospital have died from malnutrition in the last six months, the province's public health director Mullah Mohammad Ahmadi told AFP.

Almost 300 have been treated for the effects of hunger.

Hundreds of children are at risk of starvation in central parts of the country, he said.


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