The Afghan Taliban have ordered action against alleged Taliban fighters who desecrated Pakistan’s flag at the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in Torkham.
According to a tweet by an Afghan news outlet on Tuesday, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid and other leaders of the group were displeased at the incident and ordered that the perpetrators be arrested and disarmed. The tweet also noted that Taliban would work to prevent future events of the kind.
طورخم پر پاکستانی پرچم کی بےحرمتی کرنےوالوں کی گرفتاری اور غیر مسلح کرنےکا حکم جاری کردیا گیا
ذبیح اللہ مجاہد نے واقعے کو افسوسناک قرار دیتے ہوئےکہا کہ ہمیں بڑا دکھ ہوا ہے۔ تمام رہنماؤں نے اس پر افسوس کا اظہار کیا ہے۔ آئندہ اس طرح کے واقعات کو روک تھام کو یقینی بنایا جائےگا pic.twitter.com/ydpfqFFepx
— افغان اردو (@AfghanUrdu) September 21, 2021
Earlier in the day, videos circulated social media that showed armed men, who were claimed to be Taliban fighters, taking down the flag that was hoisted on an incoming aid truck from Pakistan. The fighters tore the flag and chanted ‘God is great’ while doing so.
Afghan Taliban fighters at the Toorkham Af-Pak border rush to take down the Pakistan flag from a truck carrying Pakistani aid to Afghanistan. Taliban fighters are chanting “God is great” slogans after tearing apart the Pakistani flag 🇵🇰 and saying that it should be burned. pic.twitter.com/4juEWXHWE5
— Ab. Sayed ترمذی سادات (@abdsayedd) September 21, 2021
Previously in 2016, a similar incident saw the Pakistan flag disrespected. In August 2016, the Pak-Afghan border near the Friendship Gate in Chaman was closed after anti-Pakistan protestors snatched the national flag from a Pakistan protestor and lit it on fire. The protesters also hurled stones at and smashed the windows of the Friendship Gate.