The BBC obtained images that leave in evidence how the taliban are killing civilians in Panjshir, one of the provinces of Afghanistan where the greatest resistance has been opposed since the arrival of this extremist movement to power.
In the broadcast video, a man in military clothing is forced to walk forward until, seconds later, several shots are heard and the victim falls lifeless.
It is unknown whether or not he was part of the army, since the camouflaged pants he wore are a common garment in that area, located 150 kilometers northeast of the capital, Kabul.
Communications are interrupted in that place, making it difficult to obtain greater details regarding the episode captured.
“If they are merchants, they can go to their stores. If they are farmers they can go to their farms. We are here to protect yous, their lives and their families, ”said the Taliban spokesman, Malawi Abdullah Rahamani, upon entering the province.
However, the BBC confirmed that more than 20 people have been killed since Panjshir suffered the arrival of the Taliban, who at first they had promised moderation.
One of the people executed was Abdul Sami, a merchant and father of two children. After being accused of selling SIM cards Resistance fighters were advised by neighbors to flee when the Taliban arrived. However, he was not afraid that nothing would happen to him and he stayed there.
For his part, Zabihullah Mujahid, another Taliban spokesman, assured the BBC that they had “no information about that case and also about the location where it happened.”
“If any military or militia attacked our soldiers, our fighters have the right to defend themselves“he warned.
Meanwhile, Patricia Gossman, deputy director of Human Rights Watch for Asia, said that “human rights violations are being documented throughout the country” and that “what appears to be happening in Panjshir, as well as in other places, are these arrests and executions, especially former members of the security forces. “
In Panjshir, opposition commander Ahmad Shah Massoud had led the struggles that succeeded in repelling Soviet forces in the 1980s and, ten years later, the Taliban themselves.
In this new offensive by the Taliban, it was Massoud’s son, Ahmad, who led the resistance. However, last week the extremists declared victory and showed their militants waving the banner of the radical movement.
Complaint by the UN for Human Rights
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, denounced this Monday that “the practice on the ground” not consistent with “declared commitments” by the Taliban, who had promised restraint and respect for Human Rights.
In addition, the former president of Chile warned that she received “credible” allegations of “murders“to former members of the Afghan National Security Forces, as well as”arbitrary arrests“of civilians. The video exposed by the BBC this Tuesday adds to that corroboration.
“Although the Taliban have issued public statements that they intend to amnesty former members of security personnel and public officials, prohibit house searches and guarantee women’s rights under Islamic law, the information that we have collated in the measure possible, and which we consider to be well founded, indicates that field practice has often contradicted these commitments“, he pointed.
On the other hand, Bachelet complained about the role that women occupy within the policies imposed by the Taliban: “In many areas They are prohibited from appearing in public spaces without a male companion. In many professional sectors, they are faced with increasing restrictions. Also, it has been limited girls’ access to education, and in several localities, those over twelve years of age are forbidden to attend school. ”