Afghans protest against Taliban

Hundreds of Afghans took to the streets of Kabul on Tuesday to protest against Pakistan and ISI. The Taliban opened fire on the anti-Pakistan rally, said reports.

Taliban have fired warning shots to disperse the crowd at a large protest in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Video footage from the scene shows people running to safety, while heavy gunfire can be heard in the background.

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets on Tuesday to denounce Taliban rule and demand women’s rights.

Protesters also chanted anti-Pakistan slogans, as many believe neighboring Pakistan supports the Taliban, which the country denies.

A video sent to the our reporters shows Taliban fighters firing their guns into the air – a move the group banned last week after several people were reported killed after celebratory aerial fire.

Some journalists, including the our team, were prevented from filming at the rally. Afghanistan’s Tolo news agency reported that its cameraman was arrested and detained by the Taliban for nearly three hours.

Guards at a nearby bank opened its basement car park to dozens of women who sheltered from the gunfire for about 20 minutes, one of the protesters told the our reporters.

A former government official, who asked to remain anonymous, told the our reporters that Taliban members were taking close-up photos of leading protesters, possibly to help identify them later.

Women have been protesting for the past week, but on Tuesday men also joined their calls for equality and safety. Many observers had commented that there were few men at the previous women-led rallies.

The protesters were heard chanting “long live the resistance” and “death to Pakistan” as they marched.

“The Islamic government is shooting at our poor people,” one woman at the protest told Reuters news agency.

Another protester, Sarah Fahim, told AFP news agency: “Afghan women want their country to be free. They want their country to be rebuilt. We are tired… We want that all our people have normal lives. How long shall we live in this situation?”

Many protesters showed support for the resistance forces, who say they are still fighting off the Taliban in Panjshir.

The demonstrations come one day after Ahmad Massoud, the leader of anti-Taliban fighters in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley, called for a “national uprising” by civilians against the militants.

The Taliban on Monday claimed victory in the province – the final pocket of territory which has remained outside their rule.

Arab Observer

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