Taliban considering Afghan independence as a challenge.
On Thursday, the Taliban declared that they had defeated America. However, challenges began to arise for their government. These included running the country’s government which was frozen and possibly facing armed opposition.
The Taliban are facing all the problems of the civilian government that they overthrew without the international assistance they received. It including cashless ATMs and concerns about food security in a nation with 38 million people.
Opposition figures fleeing Afghanistan‘s Panjshir valley now talk of starting armed resistance under the banners of the Northern Alliance, which was allied with the United States during 2001’s invasion.
The Taliban have not yet provided any plans for the government that they intend to lead. Other than stating that it would be guided by Islamic law and Shariah, however. The pressure is growing.
Mary Ellen McGroarty is the director of Afghanistan’s World Food Program. She stated that “a humanitarian crisis of extraordinary proportions is unfolding in front of our eyes.”
Thursday was Afghanistan’s Independence Day. This day commemorated the 1919 treaty, which ended British control over the country in central Asia.
The Taliban stated that “fortunately, today we celebrate independence from Great Britain.” “At the same time, due to our jihadist resistance, we force another arrogant global power, the United States, to fail and withdraw our sacred territory, Afghanistan.”
The insurgents didn’t acknowledge the violent crackdown on Wednesday’s protest in Jalalabad’s eastern city. There were demonstrations to lower the Taliban flag and replace it with the Afghan tricolor. At least one person was killed.
A man holds the Afghan flag at a Jalalabad protest on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. (AP Photo).
According to international journalists, Taliban authorities in Khost instituted a 24-hour curfew after breaking up similar protests over a flag.
The local curfew was not recognized by the militants immediately.
While government officials urge people to return to work, many hide at home or flee the Taliban.
There are still questions about Afghanistan’s $9 billion foreign reserves. The vast majority of these funds are now frozen in the United States.
According to the head of the Central Bank, Afghanistan’s physical supply of US dollars is “close enough to zero,” which will lead to inflation and drive up food prices. It will also depreciate the Afghan currency.
McGroarty stated that the drought has led to the destruction of over 40% of the country’s crops. Many people fled the Taliban’s advance to live in Kabul’s parks and open spaces.
He stated that Afghanistan is in its most excellent hour and urged the international community to help.
Mahdi Ali, a western Kabul grocery store owner, said that while some shops and markets have opened, there are still challenges.
He said, “Today, I bought everything possible from local companies that deliver groceries with cars.” He witnessed Taliban fighters seize government vehicles and set up checkpoints for searching the cars. His store was also searched several times by the militants.
Cross-border trade is now possible at two of Afghanistan’s most important border crossings with Pakistan: Torkham near Jalalabad and Chaman near Spin Boldak.
According to Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Pakistan’s Interior Minister, hundreds of trucks have passed through.
Despite this, traders remain concerned about insecurity and confusion regarding customs duties and the pressure to increase their product prices due to economic conditions.
The Taliban have been under no threat from armed groups. Videos from Panjshir Valley north of Kabul show opposition figures. It is a stronghold for Northern Alliance militias who allied with the United States in the 2001 invasion.
It is the only area that hasn’t fallen to the Taliban. These figures include Vice President Amrullah Salih, who claimed via Twitter that he was the country’s legitimate president, Defense Minister General Bismillah Mohammedi, and Ahmad Massoud (son of the leader of the Alliance).
Ahmad Shah Massoud is a leader of the Northern Union. In an opinion piece published in The Washington Post, Massoud called for weapons and supported the defeat of the Taliban.
He wrote, “I am writing today from Panjshir Valley, ready to follow my father’s footsteps with Mujahideen combatants who are ready to face Taliban once again.” The Taliban is more than a problem for Afghans.
Afghanistan, under the Taliban’s control, will undoubtedly be the epicenter of radical Islamist terrorist terrorism. Plots against democracy will be hatch here again.
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