Taliban Arrests Four Members for Attacking Demonstrators
The arrest came in response to the violence that has occurred during protests last Saturday.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has confirmed that the movement arrested four men who attacked protesters during a recent demonstration in Kabul on Saturday.
The incident has sparked outrage and was used as an indicator of the Taliban’s continuation of civil and women’s rights transgression by international media.
Yet the movement holding the four individuals accountable and arresting them is a clear indication of the changes it has embraced.
In a statement to The Guardian, Mujahid revealed the arrest came after the four men mistreated women and a reporter at a checkpoint.
“Police from the intelligence department (Taliban) came, put the situation under control and arrested them.”
Such measures are considered relatively new for the now-ruling movement as their previously maintained image was one of human rights violation and religious zealotry, aspects that they ensured are far gone under the new leadership.
The Taliban has postponed revealing the members of its new government, which it promised would be more inclusive and tolerant under its rule.
Sources have reported this delay is due to the Taliban’s desire to maintain its control over the entirety of Afghanistan before announcing the new formation as battles are waged in the Panshjir province.
But now the situation has changed, as the movement’s spokesperson revealed today that the Panjshir province has finally come under the Taliban’s control.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken started touring allied countries in an effort to coordinate the evacuation of remaining personnel in Afghanistan.