Taliban’s Promises of Tolerance in Afghanistan Often Don’t Match Reality

Afghan tv anchor Mirwais Haqdost appeared regular, even with 7 armed Taliban fighters driving him, as he go through out a assertion ready by the group.

“The mujahedeen of the Islamic Emirate are making an attempt to establish peace and security in Afghanistan,” he reported, applying the Taliban’s most well-liked title, as two fighters watched him intently. “Their sole ask for is for people to support them and cooperate with them, and not be worried of nearly anything.”

This scene, broadcast previous 7 days on Afghanistan Television, a personal channel, exposed the distinction amongst what the country’s new rulers say, and what they ever more do.

“Our Television station was besieged,” Mr. Haqdost later on reported in a video clip posted on social media, including that he had complained to the Taliban’s media office, but to no avail. “We conducted our systems, and the Taliban have been within the studio with us,” he reported.

Just after seizing Kabul on Aug. 15, the Taliban made preliminary shows of tolerance, pledging that Afghans, even people who worked with the previous government and overseas forces, have absolutely nothing to concern from the country’s new rulers.