Taliban Marks Second Anniversary of Kabul Takeover Under Islamic Rule

Taliban Marks Second Anniversary: Afghanistan’s Taliban commemorated the second anniversary of their return to power on Tuesday, celebrating their swift takeover of Kabul and their establishment of what they claim is security across the nation under an Islamic framework.

Amid the rapid withdrawal of U.S.-led foreign forces after a 20-year-long inconclusive conflict, the Taliban’s lightning offensive enabled them to enter the capital on August 15, 2021. This move coincided with the dissolution of the Afghan security forces, which had been established with extensive Western support. As a result, U.S.-backed President Ashraf Ghani fled from power.

“In recognition of the second anniversary of the conquest of Kabul, we extend our congratulations to the mujahid (holy warrior) nation of Afghanistan and urge them to express gratitude to Almighty Allah for this significant victory,” stated Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid.

Despite Afghanistan experiencing a level of peace not witnessed in decades, the United Nations reports numerous attacks on civilians, with some claimed by rivals of the Taliban, including Islamic State militants.

For countless women, who had previously enjoyed broad rights and freedoms during the two decades of Western-backed governance, their situation has deteriorated significantly since the Taliban’s return.

“It has been two years since the Taliban regained control in Afghanistan. Two years that have profoundly affected the lives of Afghan women and girls, drastically altering their rights and prospects,” remarked Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Security was notably heightened in the capital on this occasion, which was declared a public holiday. Taliban fighters, supporters, and a segment of Kabul’s residents congregated on the streets. Vehicles cruised by in impromptu parades, with soldiers and children brandishing black and white flags.

“I’ve come here today to witness the commemoration of the second anniversary of the Taliban’s return. This day signifies the expulsion of Afghanistan’s adversaries from our land. That’s why I’m here to celebrate,” shared resident Sayed Hashmatullah Sadat.

Various departments, including the education ministry, arranged gatherings to partake in the festivities.

Mujahid, the spokesperson, emphasized, “With overall security now ensured in the nation, the entire expanse of the country is governed by a unified leadership. An Islamic framework is firmly in place, and every facet is aligned with sharia principles.”

Yet, within a Kabul tailoring workshop, 27-year-old Maryam, who established her business after losing her previous jobs due to international projects and teaching, confessed to dreading the anniversary. She recalled, “The day…evokes memories of two years ago, and I’m grappling with the same sense of unease I experienced back then.”

The Taliban’s prohibition on girls over the age of 12 attending classes remains a contentious issue. For several Western governments, this ban presents a substantial hurdle to officially recognizing the Taliban administration.

In line with their interpretation of Islamic law, the Taliban have curtailed numerous rights. This includes barring most Afghan women from working at aid agencies, shutting down beauty salons, imposing restrictions on women’s park visits, and enforcing travel constraints without a male guardian.

Additionally, journalism, which flourished during the two decades of Western-backed rule, has been markedly suppressed.

The detention of media personnel and civil society activists, including prominent education advocate Matiullah Wesa, has triggered alarm among human rights organizations. The Taliban have not offered detailed commentary on these matters, but assert that their law enforcement and intelligence agencies scrutinize activities deemed suspicious to ascertain explanations.

On a positive note, the rampant corruption fueled by Western funds post-2001, following the Taliban’s ousting, has decreased, as stated by the U.N. special representative.

Furthermore, indications suggest that the Taliban’s ban on narcotics cultivation has significantly curtailed poppy production. This marks a remarkable shift in the world’s largest opium-producing region.

The Taliban is likely hopeful that these strides will pave the way for international recognition, sanctions relief, and the release of around $7 billion in frozen central bank assets from the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of New York in 2021. Half of this sum was subsequently transferred to a Swiss trust.

A decline in developmental aid has led to reduced job opportunities, leaving over two-thirds of the population reliant on humanitarian assistance to survive.

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