Artist Paraganda due to music ban

As the Taliban tighten its grip on power in Afghanistan, patrons of popular Afghan music in Pakistan are closing their offices, forcing artists in Kabul to go into hiding. This has led to the cancellation of music events, causing huge losses to the industry.

Against the backdrop of the withdrawal of US troops, the Taliban launched a nationwide offensive last month to take control of almost all key cities. On 15 August, Kabul fell to them. The Taliban claimed control of Panjshir, the last province held by opposition forces, on September 6. The Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan was completed three weeks after the capture of Kabul.

Since then, musicians have taken their instruments home, or hidden them in warehouses. They are waiting to see if they still do what the Taliban did 20 years ago. Fearing for their lives, some artists and singers have started moving to Pakistan.

Due to the rapidly changing situation in Afghanistan, music lovers in Peshawar and others, including singers and musicians, have closed their offices. As a result, the music business has come to a standstill and they are losing millions of rupees.

‘If music doesn’t leave, they won’t leave us’

“If we don’t leave our business, the Taliban will not leave us. All music programs have been canceled since the Taliban took control of Kabul, “said Pasun Munawar, an Afghan singer. Ajmal, another singer, said he changed his disguise and came to Peshawar after Kabul fell to the Taliban.

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