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Taliban’s old postures

By and by, the Afghan Taliban are showing their true colours, not much different from their stone age like rule back in the 2000s. The only difference is that this time, they are enforcing their version of Talibanization gradually. Recently, the regime arrested a prominent university professor for criticising the Taliban regime’s policies, which mainly target women and anti-government circles. A spokesman for the government says Prof. Faizullah Jalal was arrested for his appearances on television talk shows and criticizing the Taliban for their policies like using force against opponents and for their inability to address financial crises which mainly hit the public, not the Mujahideen. The charge sheet also states, as per a statement by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, that Prof. Jalal tried to instigate people against the regime. According to him, the professor was arrested “so that others don’t make similar senseless comments, in the name of being a professor or scholar, that harm the dignity of others”.

Denying space to the voices of disagreement is the hallmark of the Taliban regime. Moreover, they have introduced the same laws, which made them isolationists back in the 2000s, such as banning girl education, denying work opportunities to women, and showing hostile postures to neighbours like Pakistan and Iran, and so on.

Recently, the regime forces created tensions along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border when they disrupted border fencing work, which Pakistan has completed 94 percent of. The fences are being installed to contain the illegal border crossing by terrorists and smugglers. The Taliban fighters have been trying to provoke the Pakistani side despite Pakistan’s relentless efforts for monetary and political support for the Taliban. Pakistan and Afghanistan share 2,600 kilometres of borders, which has been a point of tension for its disputed status at certain points. The Taliban regime’s stiffness and inflexible postures have left the world with the only option – don’t recognize the regime unless it changes its stance on women, children, minorities, and terrorism. It seems that the Taliban are in no mood to get along with the world, and our government is making a useless effort.

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