Kabul, Afghanistan – Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of the capital Kabul chanting anti-Pakistan slogans and calling for “freedom”, a day after resistance chief Ahmad Massoud known as for an “uprising” in opposition to the Taliban rule.
The demonstrations – which ranged in dimension from a number of hundred to just a few dozen – started on Tuesday morning and continued into the afternoon earlier than they have been dispersed by the Taliban fighters firing into the air, protesters advised Al Jazeera.
Journalists additionally mentioned that they have been prohibited from filming, with TOLONews, a non-public broadcaster based mostly in Kabul, saying a minimum of one of their cameramen was detained for filming the protests.
A supply within the site visitors police from the earlier administration talking to Al Jazeera from close to the doorway to the Presidential Palace, mentioned they noticed the Taliban destroy a number of cameras and arrest journalists as they adopted protesters in direction of the palace.
Shakib Ghori, one of the protesters who marched in direction of the Presidential Palace, mentioned that the gang of tons of have been solely calling for “freedom” and criticising the “intrusion” of neighbouring Pakistan into Afghanistan’s home affairs.
Ghori mentioned although the protesters have been demanding an inclusive authorities and that the rights of girls be revered, none of their gatherings was meant to be explicitly anti-Taliban.
“We were asking for our rights. A political system that respects all Afghans. And an end to Pakistan’s constant interference in Afghanistan, that’s it,” Ghori mentioned including that he noticed no cause for the Taliban to try to break up the protest.
“We didn’t say anything about the Taliban, so why would they fire?”
Ghori mentioned the Taliban additionally started to hit individuals, and he was additionally hit by the butt of a gun. He additionally mentioned that he transferred a minimum of two injured protesters to close by hospitals.
More protests deliberate
Demonstrators at different gatherings additionally reported having seen injured individuals. At least protests have been reported in Kabul. However, Al Jazeera couldn’t independently confirm these claims.
Protesters mentioned their motion will proceed into the approaching days with increasingly gatherings being deliberate on-line.
The demonstrations started late on Monday night with tons of of individuals in Kabul and the central province of Daikondi rallying and chanting anti-Pakistan slogans.
The protests got here after the Taliban chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid warned in opposition to any problem to their rule after capturing the Panjshir Valley, finishing their management in all of the 34 provinces of the nation.
“No one is allowed to create chaos in any corner of the country,” Mujahid mentioned at a information convention in Kabul on Monday.
Daroush Rahmani began his day at one other protest within the north of Kabul. He mentioned the gang began to collect within the Khair Khana neighbourhood round 10:45am native time (06:15 GMT) and inside 35 minutes the quantity of individuals grew from just a few dozen to tons of.
By 11am (06:30 GMT), he mentioned the peaceable protest was confronted by the Taliban, firing weapons into the air. “It became a warzone, everyone was running,” the 32-year-old advised Al Jazeera.
As with the opposite demonstrations, individuals in Khair Khana have been chanting “Long live, Afghanistan! Death to Pakistan,” as they marched by means of the streets of the Afghan capital. For years, Afghanistan has accused its southern neighbour of aiding and abetting the Taliban and different armed teams within the nation.
No quick remark from Pakistan
The claims of Pakistani involvement have gathered steam as soon as once more through the weekend. Supporters of the resistance entrance in Panjshir province accused Pakistan of offering airpower in assist of the Taliban in its victory within the holdout province.
On Sunday, Pakistan’s spy chief Faiz Hameed visited Kabul, however there was no affirmation if he met Taliban officers.
Late on Tuesday, the Taliban introduced that veteran chief Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund will lead the brand new authorities. Akhund, who served as deputy international minister underneath the Taliban regime in Nineteen Nineties, is on a UN blacklist.
That accusation gained higher traction when Massoud, the chief of an armed resistance in opposition to the Taliban, despatched a voice message on Monday asking Afghans to stand up in opposition to the Taliban. He additionally claimed that “strangers” could possibly be seen preventing alongside the Taliban in Panjshir. However, he offered no proof in assist of his accusations.
Those stories couldn’t be independently verified by Al Jazeera, however have been constantly cited by protesters and a few Afghans on social media. Days earlier than the Taliban’s army sweep in August, #SanctionPakistan trended on Twitter, exhibiting anti-Pakistan sentiment within the nation.
There was no quick remark from Pakistan, however it has constantly rejected the accusations of meddling in Afghanistan’s affairs. Islamabad has as a substitute accused Kabul of proving secure havens to Pakistani armed teams.
Zalmai Nishat, a senior coverage knowledgeable on the German improvement company, GIZ, mentioned the rallies have been a present of the individuals’s “overwhelming support of Ahmad Massoud’s call for everyone inside and outside the country to stand with the National Resistance Front in any way they can.”
Nafisa Hamidi, a public faculty trainer who attended a smaller afternoon protest in central Kabul, mirrored that sentiment when she mentioned what led her and her daughters to the rally.
“If we can’t fight in the resistance, we can at least raise our voices,” she mentioned, echoing Massoud’s personal assertion practically word-for-word.
“As long as we are living, we will continue to fight for our freedom,” Hamidi advised Al Jazeera.
Hasan Rouhani, the organiser of the protest in Kartei Parwan neighbourhood, mentioned he noticed what transpired within the earlier demonstrations, when the Taliban started to shoot, however that the violence wouldn’t deter him from elevating his voice.
“If we, the youth stay quiet, then the nation will stay quiet,” he mentioned because the protesters headed within the path of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“We are talking about our nation, our freedom. How can we be afraid when it comes to that?” Rouhani requested.