Takhar's residents morn
the disasters caused by nature as well as those caused by Taliban
a sever storm was blowing, Takhar province was devastated by an earthquake
around early February 1998. The earthquake completely destroyed around
200 villages in the area. Even though it was heavily snowing people from
nearby villages arrived with their spades and pickaxes.
Some of the villages which has been damaged are: Ghange,
Kuzar, Khawaja Khair Abad, Ganda Cheshma, Bandeer, Geraiel, Rustaaq, Dasht-e-Chenar,
Ail Shishnaan, Daboury, Abizaan, Baikhaa and Zahan.
Most of the help from aid organization goes to the pockets
of Uzbek commanders of the area and does not reach the Tajik people who
has received most of the blow of the earthquake. This has caused friction
between the two groups.
On 19th May 98 at around 10 AM, when Taluqaan's residents
were still mourning the death of their dear ones a loud explosion shook
the city once again. The explosion was immediately followed jet fighter
noise. This bombing killed around one hundred people and the number of
injured was more than that. Around 50 shops were also flatten out. The
center of bombing was Toot Baagh which is one of the most crowded spots
Donkey carts were carrying torn up bodies that were missing
limbs and parts, to hospitals and were followed by weeping residents who
were looking for their loved ones.
Dead ones were buried in mass graves. Most of the families
had received the effects of these disasters in some way or other. There
was no house without mourning.
A grandfather had his only infant grandson to share the
pain of loosing their whole family. One of hundreds of impoverished families
in Badakhshan Province that the earthquake has taken all of their family
and has left them exposed to the savagery of fundamentalists.
Armed Resistance against
On 11th June 1998 Taliban forcefully interred Aziz Khan's
house which resulted in shots being fired. Aziz Khan kills two Taliban
members before himself being killed. When his wife saw the lifeless body
of her husband, she charged on Taliban group with a hand grenade and immediately
kills three Taliban members. Aziz Khan's old father is injured in the incident
who is later killed by Taliban. Crazed in their rage they hang Aziz Khans
blood soaked body and later accusing one of his close friend of cooperating
with him and execute him in the Heart sport Stadium.
Puritanical Taliban weary
Shaheen 22, resident of Old City of Kabul who is also
conductor in one of city buses for females, stopped by Taliban one day
as his bus was heading toward Taimany from the center of the city. They
question him and accuse him for being too "dressed up". They
drag him out of the bus and beat him savagely. He is imprisoned for a week.
Blood of Tamana will
First day of Eid of Ramadaan, at 10:30 AM Tamanaa, seven-year-old
daughter of Sayed-ul-Haq Engineer in Kabul airport, walks out of her house
heading for the nearby shop in Esay-Awal-e-Khair Khana. A pick up full
of Taliban while speeding down the street hits her and severely injures
her. Taliban tied to flee from the scene of the accident but eventually
their car was stopped by the local residents. They were made to take the
girl with her two uncles to the hospital. But before they reach the hospital
Tamanaa dies near a police station. With complete indifference, Taliban
transfer her body to a taxi and told her uncles " now it is useless
to take her to hospital, you go home as we have an important work to do".
Taliban with out Honor
On January 9th 1998 around 6 PM Mariam 18, was heading
home with her brother and sister-in-law. A car with loud music stopped
and three Taliban members got off it. Pretending that their relation seem
suspicious they asked them to go to their office. They were forced into
a pick up car. When Mariam and her sister-in-law started making noise they
gagged and blindfolded them and took them to an unknown spot. They drag
her brother and sister-in-law out of the car and viciously beat them up
for being married! and then lock them up in separate cargo containers present
in the area. One of the Taliban goes to Mariam and rapes her inside the
car. Then the Talib wants to call his partners to come and repeat his heinous
act, Mariam begs him that " you are my husband now, vowing by Quran
that I will marry you, I beg you not to send any one else" the Talib
replies: " if you tell anything to your brother, I will cut his head
Eleven nights later, Mariam, her brother and sister in
law, gagged and blindfolded, left in front of their house. No one find
a trace of the treacherous Talibs after that.
Shadow of horror of religious
Every night Radio "voice of shariat" is broadcasting
activities of the horror group 'Amro bel Mahroof'. The group is
inviting their "noble and Muslim countryman" to Islam by frightening
them from cable wiping, head shaving, closing their shops, arresting, imprisonment
For example on April 16 following was broadcaster "mobile
units of Amro bel mahroof have closed an ice cream shop for allowing
women to eat ice cream. A doctor was imprisoned for talking to a woman.
Our three noble country men were punished for shortening their beard".
Stop Lewdness" edict
A circular letterform the special office of "commander
of the faithful" has reached all government offices, it advises that
" Taliban from other provinces should not marry from Kabul, everyone
should wed in their local area province". It also mentions that there
is a " wisdom" in this but has not explained it. The wisdom of
this edict of "supreme commander" appear to be a reaction to
the stink of the behavior of his people who has wed their second, third
and fourth wives and are burning to wed girls from Kabul. The "commander"
appears to has found no way to stop their lewdness but by an edict. Naturally
this will cause a wave of discontent in the lower ranks as the higher rank
used all the privileges of money, power and women and now that it is their
turn an edict has been ordered.
The Supreme commander also want to pretend that his followers
are standing first in sacrifice and hardship and standing last when it
comes to reaping the benefits.
The letter is not left in the office but the head of each
office has the duty of memorizing the content of the letter and communicate
it orally to others. The wisdom of this unusual way of communication is
also privileged only to His Holiness the supreme commander of faithfuls.
When the Talib's wife get sick
Taliban has banned the treatment of female patients by
male doctors and so far many male doctors and female patients have been
punished for infringements of this order.
But when the wife of the health minister Mulla Abbas Akhundzadda
and another lady (sister in law of minister for planning) got sick and
confined to bed in Ibn Sinaa Hospital, not only the male doctor of the
hospital is brought to the bed of their wives but the male doctors from
Similarly a male doctor is forced to break the Taliban
rule and visit the wife of one of Taliban superiors. After this the doctor
start to visit female patient that he has refused before.
Butchering people intoxicates Taliban
On 24th April 1998 a women accused of adultery and a youth
accused of robbery were punished in Kabul Sport Stadium. Taliban radio
invited Kabul's resident for the 'show' but less than expected showed up.
The number of spectators were not more than 5000, bulk of which were made
up of Pakistani and Afghani Taliban. In order to make their "show
more ceremonious" they had dragged along about 200 of their women
folk. More than 20% of the spectators comprised of children and youth of
The heads of Taliban started with speeches, at around
2:30 PM, about the benefits of enforcing shariat (Islamic law) which nobody
listened to. At around 3 PM the charges on Meena daughter of Meer Aqaa
resident of Jabul Saraaj was read who was later flogged a 100 times. The
accused was wrapped in an old chadarry and was escorted by two tall chadarry
wearing guards to the center of the ground.
One of the Taliban executioner stood at the left side
of the accused and throw 50 lashes on her back and then moved to her right
side and throw another 50 lashes on her back. The women's head, who appeared
to have lost consciousness slid to the shoulder of the one of the guards.
Finally she was thrown into a car and taken away.
The second accused was Zabi Ullah son of Noor Muhammad
resident of Shakar Dara. On the crime of theft of medicine worth 35 million
Afghani his hand had to be cut off. He was laid down on stadium ground.
Four doctors who had covered their faces for not to be known started butchering
him. A short while later his right hand was cut from the wrest and fell
to the ground. A Talib who appeared to be intoxicated by the sight and
smell of blood picked the cut hand by the small finger and while blood
was dripping from it, he hold it to the spectators. He was holding the
cut hand by his right hand and was cheerfully waving his left hand while
shouting in Urdu "ye haat dheko" (look at this hand). The spectacle
of Pakistani Talib lasted about 5 minutes. The youth whose hand has been
severed was thrown into an ambulance and taken away. You could see the
hatred, pain and rage in the eyes of the people.
One could hear such words spoken by the people leaving
"poverty must have pushed him stealing medicine", "why Pakistani
mullahs left their own country and enforce "shariat" in our country",
" Islam has not said that if some one steal because of unemployment
and poverty to cut his hands off", " for Taliban there is not
enough disabled in Afghanistan", " first provide people with
jobs and then if people steal for fun should be punished", "children
were allowed to see the show as these will be tomorrows religious scholar
and they should know about butchering and bloodshed", "the doctors
who cut the hands were from Pakistan", "people should not come
to these shows, people should boycott it", "Pakistani mullahs
are directly interfering in our affairs, we should teach them the lessons
we taught to the Russians", "the chadarry wearing guard were
not women but Taliban members", " this show are for creating
horror among people not to enforce divine orders" andů