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Afghanistan Taliban highlights today: Taliban defence minister orders crackdown on abuses

Afghanistan's new Taliban rulers are facing internal enemies who have adopted many of the tactics of urban warfare that marked their own successful guerrilla campaign.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: September 24, 2021 3:00:55 pm
An Afghan man walks past the former Women's Affairs Ministry building in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sept. 18, 2021 (AP)

Afghanistan Taliban Crisis LIVE Updates: The Taliban’s new defence minister has issued a rebuke over misconduct by some commanders and fighters following the movement’s victory over the Western-backed government in Afghanistan last month, saying abuses would not be tolerated.

Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob said in an audio message that some “miscreants and notorious former soldiers” had been allowed to join Taliban units where they had committed a range of sometimes violent abuses. “We direct you keep them out of your ranks, otherwise strict action will be taken against you,” he stated. “We don’t want such people in our ranks.”

The message from one of the Taliban’s most senior ministers underlines the problems Afghanistan’s new rulers have sometimes had in controlling fighting forces as they transition from an insurgency to a peacetime administration.

Here are the latest updates:

Why Islamic State in Afghanistan harks on the concept of Khorasan and what it means for India

In the wake of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, the presence of another radical Islamic organisation, the Islamic State – Khorasan Province or ISKP, has become a matter of worry across the world. The ISKP had claimed the attack on the Kabul airport last month. The group, being ideologically opposed to the Taliban, has a vision of the region with much bigger implications for India.

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The ISKP envisions the creation of a historical region that went by the name of Khorasan. Historically, the region being referred to as Khorasan had varying borders depending on its political rulers. But scholars do agree that the origins of the term, which means ‘rising sun’, lies in the Sasanian Empire in what is modern day Iran.

Moscow in talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban leaders about visit to Russia, says report

Moscow is discussing a possible visit by a delegation of the Taliban-appointed government to Russia with Kabul, the RIA news agency cited a Russian foreign ministry source as saying on Friday.

Separately, RIA quoted Taliban deputy culture and information minister Zabiullah Mujahid as saying that Kabul was seeking such contacts. (Reuters)

Taliban’s relationship with global community going to be defined by actions it takes, says Blinken

The Taliban’s relationship with the international community is going to be defined by the actions the group takes, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, asserting that “this is not a favour” to the world but a basic requirement for a stable and secure Afghanistan.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken

“The bottom line is this: again, the Taliban says that it seeks legitimacy, that it seeks support from the international community; the relationship that it has with the international community is going to be defined by the actions it takes. That’s what we’re looking for. And it’s, again, not just us. It’s the Security Council and its countries around the world,”Blinken said at a press conference on Thursday.

Strict punishment, executions will return, says Taliban official

One of the founders of the Taliban and the chief enforcer of its harsh interpretation of Islamic law when they last ruled Afghanistan said the hard-line movement will once again carry out executions and amputations of hands, though perhaps not in public.

“Everyone criticised us for the punishments in the stadium, but we have never said anything about their laws and their punishments,” Mullah Nooruddin Turabi told The Associated Press, speaking in Kabul. “No one will tell us what our laws should be. We will follow Islam and we will make our laws on the Quran.”

Islamic State uses Taliban’s own tactics to attack Afghanistan’s new rulers

A little more than a month after toppling the Western-backed government in Kabul, Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers are facing internal enemies who have adopted many of the tactics of urban warfare that marked their own successful guerrilla campaign.

Afghans lie on beds at a hospital after they were wounded in the deadly attacks outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP)

A deadly attack on Kabul airport last month and a series of bomb blasts in the eastern city of Jalalabad, all claimed by the local affiliate of Islamic State, have underlined the threat to stability from violent militant groups who remain unreconciled to the Taliban. While the movement’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has downplayed the threat, saying this week that Islamic State had no effective presence in Afghanistan, commanders on the ground do not dismiss the threat so lightly.

Blinken discusses way forward in Afghanistan with Pak FM Qureshi

US Secretary of State Tony Blinken has met with the visiting Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the 76th UN General Assembly and discussed the way forward in Afghanistan, stressing on the importance of the countries to work together on the issue.

“A lot to focus on, starting with Afghanistan and the importance of our countries working together and going forward on Afghanistan,” Blinken said during his meeting with Qureshi on Thursday in New York.

Blinken appreciated the work that Pakistan has done to facilitate the departure of American citizens who wish to leave Afghanistan as well as others.

US calls on UNSC P5 members to remain united on Afghanistan, hold Taliban accountable

The US has called on fellow permanent members of the UN Security Council to remain “united” on Afghanistan, to hold the Taliban accountable to its commitments and to work together to ensure humanitarian access and availability of funds to meet humanitarian needs in the war-torn country.

The US, the UK, France, China and Russia, known as P5, are the five permanent and veto-wielding members of the 15-nation powerful UN organ.

Afghanistan power transition without negotiation, in non-inclusive manner: India at UN

India on Thursday said that the transition of power in Afghanistan has been without negotiation and in a non-inclusive manner, raising questions on its acceptability.

“Over the past month, we have witnessed dramatic changes in Afghanistan. There has been a transition of power without negotiation and in a non-inclusive manner, which raises questions on its acceptability,” India’s Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs Reenat Sandhu said.

In a thinly-veiled reference to Pakistan, she said: “Those who practice and harbour terror cannot respect democratic values or institutions. Pluralism, diversity, human rights and freedoms are alien values to those who preach terror and radicalisation. As a Community of Democracies, we must stand resolutely against terrorism and its perpetrators.”

Erdogan says Taliban current actions not inclusive, says report

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday the Taliban’s current approach and their interim government were not inclusive but Turkey was willing to work with them if they formed a more encompassing government, broadcaster Haberturk reported.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during the 76th Session of the General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York. (Reuters)

NATO member Turkey has been working with Qatar to operate Kabul airport and open it for international travel after the Taliban took power and foreign countries withdrew from Afghanistan.

It welcomed the Taliban’s initial messages, but said Turkey would evaluate its engagement and recognition of the Taliban based on their actions.




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