Taliban takeover: First signs of protests seen in parts of Afghanistan, several killed

Kabul: Lots of horrific videos and heartbreaking images have flooded in from Afghanistan, capturing global attention over the past week as the Taliban took responsibility, overthrowing a government whose leaders fled the nation “to prevent bloodshed”. Reports of sporadic violence surfaced from several cities on Wednesday, killing at least three people in Asadabad during a protest to mark Afghan Independence Day. Meanwhile, thousands of people continue to flock to Kabul airport in a desperate attempt to escape as more countries carry out evacuation operations.Also read – Taliban flag torn down in first major protest in Afghanistan’s Asadabad

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  1. Protests were seen across several provinces in Afghanistan as Afghan nationals took to the streets with the country’s national flag, which is no longer in use since the Taliban took over the city of Kabul. Residents in the eastern provinces of Nangarhar, Kunar and Khost gathered on Wednesday in public under the Afghan national flag, Afghan media reported.
  2. At least two people were reportedly shot dead and 12 others wounded by the Taliban in Nangarhar province during a similar demonstration.
  3. Later in the day, several people were reportedly killed in Asadabad, where white Taliban flags were torn down in the first signs of popular opposition. However, it was not clear whether people were killed from the Taliban firing or from a storm that it triggered. Protests also flared up in Jalalabad and another district in Paktia province, both in eastern Afghanistan.
  4. “Nations must respect the rule of law, not violence. Afghanistan is too big for Pakistan to swallow and too big for the Taliban to rule. Do not let your story have a chapter on humiliation and bow to terrorist groups, ”said Amrullah Saleh, acting president of Afghanistan, which is trying to rally opposition to the Taliban.
  5. Meanwhile, former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who fled Afghanistan the day the Taliban invaded Kabul, issued a first video message since the escape, saying he was ‘in negotiations to return home’.
  6. At the same time, the International Monetary Fund blocked Afghanistan’s IMF resources, including a new allocation of special drawing rights, due to a lack of clarity on the recognition of its government after the Taliban took control of Kabul. The IMF also said the new terrorist group-led government will not have access to loans or other resources from the 190-nation lending organization.
  7. U.S. President Joe Biden, who has been heavily criticized for the withdrawal of US military forces, said he was determined to keep US troops in Afghanistan until every American is evacuated, even if it means maintaining a military presence there beyond his 31 August deadline.
  8. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has distanced itself from the “opinions” expressed by some of its members in support of the Taliban.
  9. Foreign Ministry S Jaishankar, at the UN Security Council briefing, launched a veiled attack on Pakistan, in which groups like Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed still operate with impunity and encouragement, whether in Afghanistan or against India. He also called on “All Indian nationals in Afghanistan who require assistance to contact the Special Afghanistan Cell if this has not already been done.”
  10. At the meeting, Davood Moradian, who fled Kabul after taking over the Taliban, noted that one of those who tragically fell from a plane of a US Air Force leaving Kabul airport was allegedly a member of the Afghan national football team.

Taliban insurgents swept Kabul on Sunday after the Afghan-backed Afghan government collapsed and President Ghani fled the country, bringing an unprecedented end to a two-decade campaign in which the United States and its allies had sought to transform the war-torn nation. Read also – ‘The Taliban will harm women the most’, says Afghanistan’s first female air force pilot

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