Taliban destroys musical instruments, Will hold Taliban accountable if terrorist groups use Afghanistan as a base for external operations says US

Banning music, instruments were destroyed from the National Music Institute in Kabul. The Taliban’s move comes at a time when it has promised to create an “inclusive administration” for all Afghans. In the new government, fundamentalists have been appointed to all the key posts and there is not a single woman in this government. This clearly shows that the Taliban is the same Taliban of the 90s.

The Taliban on Tuesday announced an interim government consisting of all men. With the announcement of this interim government led by Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, the Taliban once again went back to the old ways and banned women’s sports and music.

Banning music, instruments were destroyed from the National Music Institute in Kabul. The Taliban’s move comes at a time when it has promised to create an “inclusive administration” for all Afghans. In the new government, fundamentalists have been appointed to all the key posts and there is not a single woman in this government. This clearly shows that the Taliban is the same Taliban of the 90s.

Since taking over Afghanistan, the Taliban have been repeatedly targeting musicians and artists for betraying their vision of the Islamic regime. Many singers, musicians have already left the country.

Apart from this, the Taliban has also banned women’s sports. Australia’s SBS TV quoted a Taliban spokesman as saying that they have banned women’s sports, especially women’s cricket. “There are situations in cricket that the mouth and the body cannot be covered,” the network quoted Ahmadullah Wasik, deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural commission, as saying. Islam does not allow women to look like this.

He said, “This is the age of media in which photos and videos will be seen. Islam and the Islamic Emirate do not allow women to play cricket or sports in which the body is visible.

At the same time, the US has warned the Afghan government to ensure that Afghan land is not used to threaten any other country. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said whether the Taliban agrees to our point remains to be seen. The resumption of commercial airport operations in Kabul is crucial. We are particularly grateful to the government and the United Nations agencies for this.

“We have noted that the declared list of names specifically includes persons who are members of the Taliban or their close associates and no women,” a statement issued by the ministry said.

It said, “We are also concerned about the affiliation and past records of some persons. We understand that the Taliban government has presented this as a caretaker cabinet. However, we will judge the Taliban by its actions, not by its words. We have made our expectation clear that the Afghan people deserve an inclusive government.”

On people trying to leave Afghanistan, the State Department said the US “will hold the Taliban accountable for its commitments to allow safe passage with travel documents for foreign nationals and Afghans, including those currently traveling to destinations beyond Afghanistan.” This includes allowing ready-to-fly flights.

“We also reiterate our unequivocal expectation that the Taliban ensure that Afghan land is not used to threaten any other country and allow humanitarian assistance to support the Afghan people,” the statement said.

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