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Taliban’s Promises of Tolerance in Afghanistan Often Don’t Match Reality

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Afghan television anchor Mirwais Haqdost appeared regular, even with 7 armed Taliban fighters driving him, as he read through out a statement prepared by the team.

“The mujahedeen of the Islamic Emirate are seeking to build peace and balance in Afghanistan,” he stated, applying the Taliban’s most popular name, as two fighters watched him intently. “Their sole ask for is for persons to assist them and cooperate with them, and not be afraid of anything at all.”

This scene, broadcast past week on Afghanistan Television set, a private channel, disclosed the distinction amongst what the country’s new rulers say, and what they more and more do.

“Our Television set station was besieged,” Mr. Haqdost later on stated in a online video posted on social media, introducing that he had complained to the Taliban’s media business office, but to no avail. “We done our applications, and the Taliban have been within the studio with us,” he stated.

Just after seizing Kabul on Aug. fifteen, the Taliban produced original displays of tolerance, pledging that Afghans, even all those who worked with the former federal government and overseas forces, have very little to worry from the country’s new rulers.