By: Mastoora from Kabul
Rolls call in the mosque
and a prayer for three days of full stomach
On Wednesday July 15, a group of Taliban preachers in
Imaam Abou Haniffa Mosque located in Khair Khana announced that they would
prepare a register of all the people attending that mosque. They will read
the list five times every day to make sure every one is present at the
prayer time. They would also go to every house in that area and punish
the people who had not attended the mosque. They also added that if someone
says “Subhan Allah” a hundred times each day he will have a full
stomach and proper clothes for the next three days.
Mastoora from Kabul
The thieving “angels”
On 20th July 1998 Taliban conducted a house to house search
for televisions, VCRs, dish antennas, tape recorders and cassettes. Taliban’s
women folk were also participating in the search. While searching a house
in block 14 of third Macroryns, these female Taliban stole 40,000 Rupees
(Pakistani) from a family. A woman of the family complained that the female
Taliban had stolen her money. However the Taliban started beating her up
and were saying to her “you have no shame, accusing angels”. According
to eye witnesses these “angels” are involved in robberies all over the
city of Kabul. The thefts and robberies are so common that the Taliban
have been forced to make radio announcements and blame the crimes on people
Behroz Atraafi - Kabul
Why did the teacher’s heart
While I was in Kabul, yet another tragic event took place
in Kart-e-Now area of the city. A teacher, who was well known in the area,
brought his three children to the local mosque during evening prayer and
asked the people there to adopt his children and relieve him of the pain
of not being able to feed them. People gathered some money for him, but
he refused and said “with this money I could feed them for another week,
what would I do after that” and begged them to adopt his children or at
least feed them because they might die of hunger. That evening he went
home alone and had a heart attack and a stroke that same night. Although
his wife comforted him and assured him that they would get their children
back by tomorrow, the bereaved teacher could not survive and died of sadness.
Hamdard - Kabul
Zealot son-in-law - terrorist
The day after the American rocket attacks on Afghanistan,
around a thousand Taliban under the name of university students started
a demonstration in Kabul, Even though the number of students that were
Talibs were not more than ten. Cars full of Taliban were shouting slogans
against America, Clinton, Iran, Khomenei, Rafsanjani and… However, ordinary
people used the opportunity of the chaotic situation and shouted slogans
against Pakistan and Nawaz Sharif, which naturally annoyed Taliban.
Taliban also forced Hazaras to make demonstrations against
Iran and America. A taxi driver who was driving by the demonstrations shared
his opinion as follow:
“Why should Afghans defend Laden? Laden’s money is spent
on Datsuns that are marks of murders and tyrannies. Laden spends his money
on Taliban’s war. He is helping Taliban who are committing the most dreadful
crimes on Afghan people. How could someone defend Laden and call himself
Some university students’ opinion about the rocket attack:
“Our people view this conflict between Taliban and the
US as a husband and wife quarrel. Or, the master is rebuking his servants
for supporting another servant who has rebelled against the master. In
the meantime, Mulla Omar is using the situation, and by making these noises
wants to convince people of his independence from the US!”
“Mulla Omar is supporting Osama bin Laden because Osama
has given him his daughter for marriage and he is also spending a lot of
money on Taliban. Mulla Omar prefers his dear Arab father-in-law over his
“Like Gulbuddin and his allies, Laden is a pet dog for
the US, and the US doesn’t need Cruise Missiles to reprimand him. The Americans
can as easily get rid of Laden as they disposed of Gulbuddin and companions.
The rocket attacks were just for the benefit of distracting American people
away from Clinton’s moral scandals. In addition, the US wanted to tell
the world that they are the only super power and they will do whatever
they want to”
“A few days after the rocket attack Taliban signed a $250
million communication deal with the Americans. What does it tell you, that
the husband and wife had a fight and fools took it seriously.”
B. Omar - Kabul
Shaving and chest of Prophet Mohammed
Some Islamic subjects added to normal University subjects
during the Jehadi government include Islamic jurisprudence, Islamic traditions
and commentary on Quran. Students are bound to become knowledgeable in
these subjects prior to other subjects. The teacher of Islamic studies
in the department of engineering asked his students to avoid speaking in
Dari, and made them to promise to pray five times a day, avoid touching
their beards and hairs, and keep them according to Sharia, not to violate
others wives and property, be truthful and promise to fight to the last
against communists and infidels. He also warned students that if they do
not attend his classes they will be suspended. Finally he added that shaving
one’s beard is like cutting the chest of Prophet Mohammad with a blade!
On 26th June 1998, a letter was read to the Engineering
students. In the letter students were warned against political discussions
or discussing the country’s situation, and anyone found not following this
rule will be punished.
Mariam Girl’s High school turned
into a market
Friends told me that Mariam high school in Kabul is becoming
one of the busiest markets in the city, where women and girls are going
for their shopping. I decided to visit the market. On the way I had to
pass the 11th Houza (Police station). In front of the main gate
of the police station a few Taliban, while leaning their guns against the
wall, were lounging on the chairs they had brought out of the offices,
and were watching the people with their bloody eyes and long hairs and
beards. A few steps further, broken video and audio cassettes and televisions
were hanging from a trees. In the market of the High school an ice cream
seller was beaten up by Taliban for selling ice cream to women and girls.
Members of Ministry of Fostering Virtue and Suppressing Vice (amro bil
mahroof) will beat and whip women caught eating ice cream.
A woman’s sacred anger
On 23 August members of Fostering Virtue and Suppressing
Vice were searching the shops, and implemented Sharia in the Mariam high
school market. A woman, with her burqa (veil) pulled up, was talking
to a shopkeeper. Taliban started beating the women and were calling her
names for not being accompanied by her Mahram (close male family member)
and not covering her face. While shaking from pain and anger and not being
able to stand properly, the women took her burqa off and throw it away.
Being enraged and disgusted she shouted and abused the Taliban and Mullah
Omar, calling them gutless and lackeys to Pakistanis. She was cursing their
law and Sharia, and swore by Quran not to wear the burqa
again. The woman was so enraged that she cursed Kabul’s women for putting
up with their miseries.
The Taliban surprised by the sudden rage of the woman
hastily retreated and left the shop and the woman in her pain and suffering.
For several days a group of Fostering Virtue and Suppressing
Vice was patrolling the high school market from 11 am to 6 pm, and were
beating any woman that they saw there. They even tried to make the market
for men only.
Curing by science or reading
On 3rd December 1997 a conference under supervision of
head of Kabul’s medical Institute, Maulawi Fazel Khan, was organized where
a number of illiterate and ignorant mullas delivered speeches. One of them,
minister of higher education, had the following to say, “A medical student
is responsible to study religion as much as he studies medicine, and if
he wants to be an intelligent doctor he has to study religion even more.
If a patient goes to a doctor, he should immediately know what verse will
cure his soul. We and our people don’t need a doctor who is ignorant of
Muslim Qasimi - Kabul
Vile and dishonorable Taliban
In intersection of Hese Awal area of Khair Khan, there
is a shoe mending shop next to which sits a woman beggar. On 6th November
1998 two Taliban youths entered the shop. While obnoxiously looking at
the woman, who is wearing her veil only over her head, they asked her “your
pockets seems full of money” the woman beggar responded “which pockets?”
the Talib thugs pointed to her breasts and said “those pockets”. Saying
that, they started laughing loudly.
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On 9th Aughust I was travelling from Neemroz to Kandahar.
There were 18 passengers in the bus, 9 of which were Pakistanis. They were
speaking Pashto and were respectfully treated by Taliban along the way.
When we reached Shor Abak where the passengers got off the Pakistanis started
speaking in Urdu language.
Pazeera - Kabul
Some of the activities by
Pakistani spies in Kabul city
When Taliban took the power in Kabul, a number of Pakistani
spies (similar to Russian advisers during Purchami and Khalqi
regimes) entered the city under the guise of religious preachers. They
positioned themselves in busy mosques around the city, and generally, they
are carrying out the following three activities 1- preaching and recruiting
for Wahabite sect, 2- Degrading the religious people of Kabul, 3-
investigating families especially about their adult male members.
Also, they are duty bound to send people into mosque for
morning and evening prayers.
These so called preachers go to people’s houses before
morning and evening prayers in groups of five or six accompanied by a Taliban
youth as guide. In each house, they ask for a male member of the house.
After a short and brief speech on Islamic values they turn to Pakistan’s
and Iran’s politics toward Afghanistan, and, make Pakistan appear as innocent
and clean. After they “convert” that man, in their terms, to a Muslim,
they ask for another man in the house. At the same time, they stop any
educated or elderly person passing by and preach them too.
On 3rd August 1998 in Hazrat Ali Mosque located in Khair
Khana these spies were “preaching” after the evening prayer when one of
them slapped a young man while talking to him. Because armed Taliban were
inside the mosque, the young man could not retaliate, however tears ran
down his eyes. He asked what right did a Punjabi from Pakistan have to
People saw the incident and their anger against such degrading
The next day after morning prayer, people were in the
mosque’s compound and were leaving the mosque, when the Pakistani spies
stopped a few elders. The elders, frustrated with their preachings, told
them to go back to Pakistan and clean up the corruption and wickedness
in their own backyard. One of the Pakistani spies responded “the Prophet
has said that you should preach where ever you could.” Enraged, an elder
started insulting and abusing the Prophet. The Pakistani spies were shocked
by the turn of events, and could not respond. People immediately took the
elder out of the mosque lest the Taliban got there and harm him.
Tahmina - Kabul
Attack on United Nations
Two building blocks in Macrorayan area were allocated
for girls’ education. A large number of girls were attending these schools,
covered in their veils. The anti education and anti women Taliban could
not tolerate the situation, and on 19th June 1998 at around 9 am surrounded
one of the blocks and started knocking on the doors. Scared, the girls
asked their teachers what to do. The teachers who were scared as well,
told them to calm down and see what happens. Taliban finally broke the
doors and entered into the classes. The students escaped any way they could,
But the defenseless teachers were beaten and they had to listen to their
abuses and insulting words. They smashed everything, breaking all the chairs
and equipment. Nobody came to the school after this incident.
K. Y – Mazar-e-Sharif
Killing in front of the
During the massacres in Mazar city, Taliban entered a
house beyond the customs office. The house belonged to three brothers from
Hazara ethnicity who were living there with their wives and children. The
three brothers submitted their weapons to the Taliban and received the
required documents after which the Taliban left the house. A few minutes
later the Taliban returned to the house and after searching it they discovered
another weapon. The Taliban viciously beat the three brothers and after
taking them out of their house, they murdered them in front of their family
members, and warned them not to touch the bodies. Later at night, their
wives with the help of an elderly neighbor moved the bodies into the house
and buried them in the backyard. A few days later, the wives asked the
neighbors to help them put more soil over the grave since the smell from
the bodies had made living in the house impossible.
Hanif - Mazar-e-Sharif
On 27th December 1997 Yousof-Bai’s son, a commander in
the Haji Habib brigade, was killed. Yousof-Bai accused an Arab family,
well known as Jamali Tribe, for the murder of his son. Except for
a seventy-year-old father of the family, Yousof-Bai imprisoned every one
of them. On the first night, he slashes the bodies of two young men in
the family and put salt on their wounds. Not satiated with this, Yousof-Bai
took the two men in front of other prisoners and hacked them to pieces.
A few days later Yousof-Bai’s brother Sediq-Bai returned
from a trip, and ordered his soldiers to bring all the property belonging
to the Jamali Tribe to their garrison.
Now all that is left of the Jamali Tribe is a seventy
year old father who is begging. This from a tribe which was well known
for their property and live stock all over the Sholgara area.
Behroz Atrafi - Kabul
The Taliban Rapists
On Block 31 of Makrooyan 3, in July of 1998 the husband
of a young woman (name withheld) died of an illness. After a few days,
one of her husband's friends, who had a good relationship with the Taliban,
started visiting her under the pretext of sympathy. These visits ended
up in overnight stays until they were both arrested. The young woman was
in custody for 15 days; and during this period she was raped a few times
by the personnel. Nothing is known, however, of what happened to the man.
W. Y.- Mazar
Taliban raped two innocent
On 11th August 1998 in Ali Chopaan locality in Mazar-e-Sharif
Province, three Taliban entered a house to conduct search. The house belongs
to a mother from Hazara ethnicity who lives there with her two young daughters.
The mother beseeched the Taliban for mercy and told them that her husband
and son are innocent and wrongly imprisoned and begged for their freedom.
However, the Taliban raped the two daughters in front of their mother,
and told her if she dared to mention a word of this incident to any one,
they would kill her husband and son in the prison. Finally before leaving
the area, to deceive the women, they give her a piece of paper and told
her to take the paper to the prison and they would free her husband and
Mazar-e-Sharif before entering Taliban in the city: Women
are selling their house properties to feed their children
Taliban threw an old man
to Amou River
On 27th August 1998 Taliban entered a school in Hairataan
area in Mazar-e-Sahrif and they arrested the security guard of the school,
who is a 65 year old man belonging to Hazara ethnicity, without asking
who he is or tell him what his crime was. They drove the old man to the
bridge which connects Hairataan to Uzbekistan and threw him to the Amou
River. As he knew how to swim, he got himself back to shore, but the Taliban
who were watching from the bridge fired on him and the old man, who didn’t
have a family, was hit and died there on the shore.
On Monday 10th August 1998 Taliban shot a person belonging
to Hazara ethnicity in Karta Sulha in Mazar-e-Sharif. His body was laying
there for 24 hours where one side of the body was eaten by the dogs. Later
the body was dragged to the street of Karta Sulha in front of the local
people and a Datsun car was driven over the boy. This caused the body to
separate into two halves and produced an appalling view.
Arrest for singing song
Taliban belonging to Fostering Virtue and Suppressing
Vice were driving pass a bicycle when they noticed that the rider was singing
to himself. They immediately arrested the bicycle rider and took him to
their headquarters. They reported to their head that the person was riding
bicycle and was singing to himself. Their officer ordered them “go and
check whether his bicycle has a bell” a Talib checks and confirms that
the bicycle did not have a bell. Their officer told them “ let him go,
he was singing without music, he was clearly singing a Naht for
A. Y - Mazar
Taliban urinating on books
During the Taliban attack on Mazar city, they entered
into educational institutions and committed all sorts of obscenities. One
of the armed groups entered Mazar’s institute of pedagogy and turned it
to a military base for themselves. The group, which is commanded by Mulla
Din Mohammad, entered the library of the institute and after tearing and
stamping over the books, they pile all the books together and then, “the
army of God” urinates on the books which always begin with the first verse
of Quran. This fact is discovered later when the students returned to clean
up their institute.
Donkey shoe as Taliban stamp
After the capture of Mazar city by Taliban, they appoint
an illiterate person by the name of Mulla Shah Mohammad in charge of Dehdadi
municipality. Mullah Shah Mohammad asked the clerk of the municipality
to order a stamp to seal the day to day paper work of the municipality.
The clerk immediately asked the local stamp engraver to make a stamp for
the municipality. When Mulla Shah Mohammad finally saw the stamp, he got
very angry and said “look at this large municipality and look at that small
stamp, go and make a big stamp”. The clerk went back to the stamp engraver
and said to him that the mayor is asking for a big stamp. The stamp maker
gathers that he is dealing with a complete moron so he made the stamp from
a donkey shoe upon which he scribed:
In a city where asses are in-charge Shah Mohammed will be, of course, the city mayor.
When Mulla Shah Mohammad saw the new stamp smiled and
said, “look, this is a good stamp”. A few days later when he noticed the
inscription, he went after the stamp maker, however by then, the stamp
maker had fled from the town, yet the official documents with the new seal
had reached the governor’s office!
Wahed - Kabul
University Lecturers and
Taliban’s Scissors of Humiliation
On Thursday 2nd June 1998 around 10:20 am a number of
Amro Bil Mahroof’s members entered Kabul University, and started beating
and insulting people for one or another reason. They even cut the hairs
60 of and 70-year old University lecturers while they were abusing and
Snakes and scorpions and
Mazar-Khulm highway is controlled by the furry Bamianchies,
and is one of the most unsafe Highways of the North. Burglars usually hid
in foxholes every few Kilometres, and when a car gets very close they force
it to stop and ask for money. Woe betides a driver who refuses to pay.
Recently, they ask the passengers to pay as well. They bring snakes and
scorpions with them and if anyone refuses to pay, they torment him with
their snakes and scorpion, and force him to pay.
Escape from claws of abhorrent
On 27th August 1998 a mother and her two daughters were
walking back home from the city in Ali Chopan village, on the way they
came across a filthy Chali (another term used for young Taliban). He forced
the three into a house and locked the mother in one room and the two daughters
in another and right away left the house to inform his accomplices of his
‘hunt’. However the two girls managed to break the door and escape, and
from terror of the situation they even forgot about their mother. However
no one knows of the where about the 65-year-old mother.
H. Gh.- Mazar
Nazaneen’s Mother goes blind
On 14th June 1998 Nazanee, the 9 year old daughter of
Ameer Khan who belongs to Pashtoon ethnicity and is a resident of Masjed
Mirza Hashem in Mazar-e-Sharif, was kidnapped by the members of Hizb-e-Wahdat
(lackeys of Iran).
There are reasons to believe that Nazaneen has been taken
to Sholgara which is under Hizb-e-Wahdat.
In mid July I saw Ameer Khan taking a pot of yogurt to
the city for sale. I asked him about his daughter. He said that so far
he had no information, and also her mother has gone blind because of too
M. M.- Ningarhar
A woman challenge Taliban
on the road
On 8th August 1998 my nephew and I went to the city for
some shopping. As soon as I was getting off I noticed the car belonging
to Fostering Virtue and Suppressing Vice (Amro bil Mahroof) arrived
as well, and immediately a few women were under whipping and abuse. Since
I was a little further away I tried to flee the scene, but the ground was
wet and I accidentally stepped on a banana peel, I lost control and hit
the ground very hard. My foot also hit a tree and was severely injured.
Meanwhile, it became my turn to be whipped, but when the Taliban approached
me, I pulled my veil off my face and said, “be careful that my foot is
injured, and I am under a lot of pain. Even if you hit me once I will throw
my burqa away. Who are you asking me about my Muharam (close
related person which the Taliban demand that should accompany every female)?
You are not my Muharam, I do not give you the right to ask me about
my muharams”. In short, the Fostering Virtue and Suppressing Vice members
could not dare to punish me and because my feet was getting more painful
by the minute I dragged my self back home under a lot of pain. Since Taliban
have banned females to visit male doctors, I had to find a doctor in our
local area who plastered my feet which I found to be broken. That day I
decided to strive in cleaning up my country and my city from the presence
of these miscreants.
Taliban's animosity with
On 23rd May 1998, a Flying Couch bus was travelling from
Laghman to Kabul when some Taliban stopped it in the gaz-e-Aziz-khan area.
After a thorough check, they discover an audiocassette in the switchboard.
They ask the driver what it is and the driver responded that it was cassette
of Nahts (religious song with out any music) performed by Taliban. However
when they checked the cassette they discovered that rather than Nahts,
it is full of Farsi music. The Taliban ordered all the passengers to sit
in a circle outside the bus and after playing the music very loudly they
forced the driver to dance in the middle of the circle. The driver wanted
to antagonize them so he danced happily while the passengers were clapping
for him. The dancing session finished after half an hour. Later the Taliban
told the driver that he must have had lessons and the driver responded
with apparent calmness “I had not seen such liberal ceremony of dance and
music in years. After so many years it was very enjoyable.” When the bus
started moving again, tears came from his eyes because of the way the Taliban
had forced him to dance and was cursing them all along the way.
Sh. M - Kunduz
Taliban’s another treatment
Taliban has decreed a new rule that if a dog bites someone,
the dog’s owner should pay the victim 20 million Afghanis and give him
a girl for marriage.
In October 1998 Taliban accused Ustad Ali Khan and Abdul
Wahid residents of Talguzar village in Chardara section of Kunduz province
of possessing illegal arms and severely tortured them. When Ustad Ali Khan
said that he has not taken arms in his hands during the war because he
doesn’t have any, the Talib thug responded that “you don’t have arms, but
you have daughters.”
Taliban’s treatment with
Maulawi Dadullah is a military commander for Taliban in
Kunduz province. He took around 50 of Malik’s armed personal as prisoners
in a battle in Chardara area. He summarily executes every one of them over
the Chardara bridge and throws their bodies into the river. This created
serious differences between him and Maulawi Shabeer Ahmad who is from Takhaar
province and belongs to the Uzbek ethnicity. Waulawi Shabeer Ahmad accuses
Maulawi Dadullah of massacres in Qizil Abad. In one of his speeches in
Chaok of Kunduz Maulawi Shabeer Ahmad said “Dadullah is not a Maulawi,
he is one of the Jehadi murderers from Ningarahar. He is actually illiterate
and only named himself Maulawi”.
Chaboksawar - Bamian
Taliban in action in Bamian
I had a trip to Bamian, where the greater of the evil
-- the Taliban – had recently replaced the lesser of the evil -- Wahdat.
Sorrow and misery could be seen in everyone. Their belongings, if not already
looted, were left unattended. I saw the unburied bodies of the dead old
men and women who could not escape.
On August 24, 1997 I saw large areas where everyone had
left; the door of most houses were left open; people's belongings were
left unattended in the houses; and there was no one to harvest the wheat
The Taliban had torn all the books of the library and
thrown them on the street. The statue of Buddha was vandalized and, as
the rumors were saying, they want to destroy it completely.
Obaid - Jaghouri
Although people are under enormous economic pressures,
the predatory Wahdat Party has imposed heavy taxes on people in different
villages. They spend the tax to finance soldiers who break into people's
houses in the night to steal and plunder.
On February 21,1997 two commanders from the Wahdat Party,
named Ghorban Lakhsham and Paykar, and their armed soldiers storm into
the house of Shir Khan in Loman, Jaghouri and ask him, "Where are the weapons
of Bashi Habib, the commander of Hezb Islami, who used to visit your house?"
Shir Khan replies, "I don't have any weapons; nor do I know anyone." But
they use this as a pretext to search his house; and they want to take his
innocent daughter with them. Fortunately, the daughter had already left
for Gharabagh. The Wahdati thiefs, when disappointed from finding their
prey, warn Shir Khan that, "We won't bother you if you submit your daughter
to us. Otherwise, we'll make you return the weapons and ammunitions of
Hezb Islami." Although Shir Khan denies having any weapons, they continue
storming his house for a few more nights, until he reports the incident
to the province center. The "administration" apparently arrests these two
commanders but releases them after a month. They cover up the release as
S.Shadan – Kabul
On June 5,1998 at seven in the evening, the Taliban soldiers
storm into Zargi's house and take him forcibly to their station. After
some torture and harassment, they ask for some weapons. Zargi denies having
any weapons but they continue to torture him until he agrees to give his
daughter, Shakiba, to the commander, provided that they release him and
his brother, Sabour, who is imprisoned in Kandahar. Mollah Shah, the commander,
accepts and goes immediately to Zargi's house to take Shakiba -- who is
much younger than the commander -- with him. Shakiba, however, doesn't
accept this and finds no way out other than committing suicide. She eats
some poison but others find out about it and transfer her to the hospital.
She recovers after a while and Mollah Shah takes her with him. After about
a month, Mollah Shah is arrested for theft and embezzlement and Shakiba's
father seizes the moment and takes her to an unknown place.
B.Omar - Kabul
The wickedness of the Taliban
and a couple
One day the Taliban's religious police stopped a couple
close to the Bakhtar Cinema. A few Talibs, with long hair and blackened
eyes, got off the car and one of them slapped the man hard in the face
and, while pointing to the woman's pants, said, "What is this that she's
wearing? You pimps! We made your women cover their head and you can't make
them cover their under?" The Talib, while continuing to use an abusive
and vulgar language, ordered the man to lower his head and look at the
woman's legs to see if her pants were showing. Then he asked the man, "Did
you see it?" The man, who didn't lift his head and couldn't help trembling,
didn't say anything. The Talibs left while repeating, "cover her under."