‘Taliban only know how to use guns’: Afghan college students in Rajasthan frightened for households again home

Wahidullah Besmil, a Master’s pupil at Career Point University (CPU) in Rajasthan’s Kota, had made plans to go to his home in Afghanistan on August 17. But two days earlier than he was scheduled to return, Kabul fell to the Taliban, prompting Besmil to cancel his plan.

“I had to cancel my plan at the last minute. Due to network disruptions since the Taliban took over, I haven’t even been able to talk to my family properly,” mentioned Besmil, who hails from Chamkani in Afghanistan.

“Horrors of what the Taliban did 20 years ago have not been forgotten. The bombings they carried out and the trail of destruction over the years are difficult to get over. How can we believe that things will change suddenly?” he added.

Since Kabul fell, Afghan college students in Rajasthan have been spending a harrowing time, frightened for his or her households again home.

Fahiz Ghori, one other Afghan pupil at CPU, mentioned that he talked to his household on August 18 for the primary time in 10 days. “Nothing feels good. I have been extremely worried in the last few days. News coming in from Afghanistan only makes us more restless.”

Mohammad Adris Danish, who’s from Logar Province, mentioned when he talked to his mom, she advised him, “We are safe for now but we don’t feel secure.”

Danish added, “A friend of mine sent me a video where the Taliban can be seen killing a government official. This already violates the promises they have been making.”

Two days after taking up, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid, in a press convention, mentioned that issues wouldn’t be the identical as they had been 20 years in the past.

In the group’s first ever press convention, the Taliban additionally promised to uphold ladies’s rights, media freedom, and grant ‘amnesty’ to authorities officers.

But for all those that had witnessed or heard tales of the oppressions carried out underneath the Taliban regime within the late 90s, such phrases ring like hole guarantees.

“The Taliban have been saying they would follow the Sharia law. But they actually make their own rules. They are saying they have sent from what they were 20 years ago but they are still killing people,” Ghori mentioned.

Iqbal Umary, a pupil at CPU who hails from Kabul, mentioned, “In Afghanistan, there is a great deal of reluctance among people now to step out of their homes. People are scared because they remember what had happened 20 years ago, especially when it comes to women’s rights and girls’ education. I have heard the promises that the Taliban have been making but we can’t trust them. The Taliban only know how to use guns. They have no idea about how to run a government.”

Mohammad Yasim, one other CPU pupil from Kabul, mentioned, “They [the Taliban] went to my house asking for me. When they couldn’t find me, they took my brother and put him in jail for two days and didn’t even give him food.”

Yasim, who used to work with the Afghan authorities within the human assets division since August 2019, additional mentioned that the Taliban have even seized his financial institution accounts. “It has been five days since I have been able to access my bank account at home.”

The main concern now, most of those college students mentioned, is to make preparations for his or her households to securely depart Afghanistan.

“We are looking for a chance to get my family out. We know for a fact that 90 per cent of Afghans are trying the same thing now. We fear that with Taliban in power, Afghanistan will become a breeding ground for terrorism. The Taliban do not care for the future of the country. They will only work for their own benefits,” Danish mentioned.

Yasmin mentioned it’s troublesome to have hope for Afghanistan in the mean time. “But we can’t afford to go through the same thing that had happened 20 years ago.”


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