Taliban gunmen on Tuesday opened fire to disperse demonstrators holding a protest march in Kabul against what they alleged was “meddling” by Pakistan in Afghanistan’s affairs. According to the news agency AFP, around 70 people, mostly women, protested outside the Pakistani embassy in Kabul. They were raising slogans against the neighbouring country. Saad Mohseni, the executive editor of Afghanistan’s largest media company Moby Group, took to Twitter to share a video of what he said was this anti-Pakistan protest. “Anti-Pakistan protests in Kabul, happening right now,” Mohseni tweeted.
The development comes after Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed, the intelligence chief of Pakistan, came to Kabul. He came on an unannounced visit to reportedly hold discussions over the formation of a new Taliban-led government. During the visit, the (ISI) chief is reported to have also met the group’s de facto leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.
Pakistan helped the Taliban to win Panjshir valley.
The Pakistan Air Force aided the Taliban in the latter’s latest offensive against the Northern Resistance Front to capture Panjshir. The only province in Afghanistan not under the Islamist movement’s control. It is not the first time the regime’s fighters have opened fire at protesters, despite its promises of peace. T general amnesty upon its return to power, On August 19, Talibs shot at participants taking out a protest march in Asadabad and killing several demonstrators on the occasion of Afghan Independence Day.
Taliban, which first ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, seized power for a second time after conquering Kabul on August 15. They launched their offensive to capture the city amid the withdrawal of American troops, who arrived here 20 years ago following the 9/11 attacks. The United States ended its military mission on August 30, before the self-imposed August 31 deadline.