According to Brookings Institution, an American think-tank, senior Taliban leaders are frustrated by their supreme leader, Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada and his “Kandahar-based clique” and want to replace him with a Leadership Council
Extracting taxes has become the group’s main source of revenue. But for many, the taxes imposed are arbitrary and extortionate, with no services delivered in return. KabulNow spoke to people across Afghanistan to see how the Taliban taxes had impacted them and the businesses.
Addressing top security officials from the region in the Kremlin on Wednesday, the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, said that conflicts elsewhere, including the war in Ukraine, did not reduce the significance of Afghanistan for Russia, “it is important more than ever because we do not want more points of tension on our southern borders.”
Speaking at the fifth round of Moscow Format Consultations on Afghanistan, attended by Security Council heads from India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, the Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, warned that the weapons left behind by the US in Afghanistan can intensify the fight between Afghan groups.
Several thousand contractors and interpreters who worked work for the UK in Afghanistan during its 20-year involvement have been left behind in the country and at risk due to failures of the British government’s resettlement scheme, according to a Commons Select Committee report.
Presenting his priorities for 2023, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres said at the UN general assembly in New York on Monday that “women and girls in Afghanistan are exiles in their own country, banned from public life, with every aspect of their lives controlled by men.”
In an interview with WION News on Saturday, the EU diplomat called on the Taliban to “think carefully about the consequences their decision is having on the people of Afghanistan”. The Taliban government was neither recognised by the people of Afghanistan and nor by the international community.
Marking the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the U.S. Mission in Afghanistan praised the achievements of the Afghan Girls’ Robotics Team, tweeting that the team is a “shining example of hope and hard work” and that Afghan women and girls “deserve to be educated at all levels.”
Sources in Kabul have confirmed that a former Afghan army officer was assassinated in the west of the city on Saturday. Eyewitnesses said two unidentified assailants shot the former Junior Captain, Hassan Reza Hazara, dead and left the scene.
Parisa Mubariz, a founding member of the Women’s Right to Protest Movement of Takhar, in the province, and her brother were arrested from their home on Saturday. The UN, EU and HRW have called for her immediate release.