After harbouring and nurturing the Taliban in their territory for decades, the government, celebrities and people of Pakistan seem to be now playing their spokespersons brazenly, whitewashing the terror group’s atrocities. Today the Taliban PR got a new Pakistani celebrity enrolled. Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi. In a video that Pakistani journalist Naila Inayat shared, Afridi is seen in a media interaction, welcoming the Taliban rule in Afghanistan.
“The Taliban has come with a very positive mind. They are allowing ladies to work,” said Afridi to the media. The former captain of the Pakistan national cricket team also asserted that the Taliban are fun cricket-loving chaps. “I believe Taliban likes cricket a lot,” said Afridi.
The Taliban follows Islamic Shari’ah where any form of entertainment, including cricket, is haram (sin). In its formative years, the Taliban had banned cricket and football, as they thought it kept men away from prayers but as it turns out, of all sport, cricket is one sport the ‘new’ Taliban ‘enjoys’.
This statement of Afridi comes in the second week of Afghanistan’s new era of darkness after the Taliban ousted the official government and forces of the rocky country and assumed power. Earlier, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had said that the Taliban comprises “normal civilians” who are just returning to their country.
Pakistan has been long accused of helping the Taliban militarily, financially and with intelligence inputs in their fight against the Afghan government. But Khan claimed it was “extremely unfair” to make such accusations.
Bomb attack outside Kabul airport
As many as 103 people including 13 US service members were reported dead in a suicide bomb attack outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul last week.
Reportedly, the explosion was caused by ISIS suicide bombers who detonated an IED near the Abbey gate of the Kabul airport and near the Barron hotel.
Local artists being executed
After banning music in the country, the Taliban dragged folk singer Fawad Andarabi in Kishnabad outside his home and killed him.
In the month of July, popular comedian Nazar Mohammad aka Khasha was kidnapped from his home by the Taliban. Hours later he was found hanging from a tree.
Asks women to stay at home
Just a week after promising that they will respect the freedom of women in a press conference, the Taliban has admitted that the women are not safe from their soldiers. Now the group has asked the women in Afghanistan to stay at home, saying they need to train the Talibanis first on how to respect women.