Greetings to Afghan women!

Afghanistan and India have a very old relationship. There are still a large number of Afghan Pathans in India.

|| Jatin Desai
Today, 30 of the 33 ministers in the Taliban-2.0 cabinet in Afghanistan are Pashtuns, and although the cabinet is pro-Pakistan, Pashtun sentiment is anti-Pakistan. This protest was expressed by women.
In the first week of this month, people in some Afghan cities staged spontaneous protests against the Taliban and Pakistan. The protests took place near the Pakistani embassy in Kabul. People also took to the streets in Herat and Mazar-e-Sharif. Protests erupted outside the Pakistani embassy or consulate in the Iranian capital, Tehran, and in the city of Mashhad. In India, Afghan students in Delhi and Bengaluru staged large-scale protests against the Taliban and Pakistan.

All these protests took place after the visit of Pakistan’s ISI chief Faiz Hamid to Kabul. The ISI’s influence in the Taliban’s interim government is palpable. Different factions of the Taliban differed on who should be the ministers and what accounts should be given to them. The Doha faction of Mulla Baradar and Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai felt that Sirajuddin Haqqani of the Haqqani Network should not be given the post of Home Minister. The Haqqani network has been carrying out terrorist attacks in Afghanistan from Pakistan’s North Waziristan. ISI has full support for this network. The Haqqani network is being used by ISI against India in Afghanistan. The Haqqani network has been in control of Kabul since August 15. After the intervention of Faiz Hamid, the Doha faction was forced to accept Sirajuddin Haqqani as Home Minister. There are four ministers in the Haqqani family. While everyone assumed that Maulana Baradar would be the Prime Minister and Stanekzai the Foreign Minister, the ISI forced Mohammad Hassan Akhund to become the Prime Minister. Stanekzai was given the post of junior minister.

Afghanistan and India have a very old relationship. There are still a large number of Afghan Pathans in India. Once upon a time, there were a large number of Afghan pathans in Mumbai as security personnel. Their presence made women feel safe. The Afghan people had faith and affection for India and still have a great love for India. Through the Haqqani Network, Pakistan sought to create misunderstandings against India among the Afghan people, and especially among the Pashtun community. But they did not succeed. There is huge anger among the Afghan people about Pakistan. One or two examples make this clear. One evening a few years ago, we went to dine at a famous restaurant in Kabul with some colleagues and friends. The local singers won the hearts of the people by singing old songs of Hindi films along with their folk music. Note that music was previously banned during the Taliban regime from 1996 to 2001. Around nine at night we left the restaurant to go to our hotel. From Kabul’s point of view, it was still nine o’clock. There were blockades everywhere in the city. At one point our car was stopped. Police began questioning everyone. He was happy to hear that I am Indian and said OK, OK. Next to me sat a woman MP from Pakistan. As soon as she said that I am a Pakistani MP, the Afghan activist sitting next to her quickly said that she is Afghan! After the police let us go without further investigation, the Afghan activist said that if he had found out that there was a Pakistani person in the car, the police would have asked everyone to get out of the car. Since she is an MP, the police would have let her go immediately, but it would have taken time. This became an example. But activists in Afghanistan have always been outraged about Pakistan. He says that Pakistan has started terrorism in our country and this is a fact. Initially, Pakistan helped the Afghan Mujahideen in every possible way and then the Taliban.

The outrage is the outrage of the Afghan people over the anti-Pakistan protests in Afghanistan. Afghanistan is inhabited by people of different ethnicities and there is an outcry among all ethnic groups. The Pashtun community is most angry with Pakistan. Their number is more than 40 percent. The Taliban are also being led by people from this community.

Pashtun nationalism has always been on India’s side. Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan alias ‘Sarhad Gandhi’ and his associates and people were against joining Pakistan. Even after that, the role of the Awami National Party, which carries on the tradition of Sarhad Gandhi, has always been to maintain good relations with India. The non-violent youth movement started a few years ago in the Pashtun community is getting huge support from the community. Authorities have accused India of influencing the Pashtun Tahfuz Movement (PTM). Of course, PTM wants good relations with India.

Terrorism in the Pashtun community, on the other hand, is always against India and for Pakistan. Pashtun terrorism has been aided by ISI and the Pakistani military. Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (formerly North West Frontier Province) province has a Pashtun majority. The Taliban’s Quetta Shura exists near the city of Quetta in Balochistan. Although the majority of Pashtuns do not speak out due to terror, they are upset about what is going on. PTM, ANP are openly against Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.

After the Pashtun community, the Tajik community is the most populous. They make up 27 percent of the population. The population of Hazara community is about 10 percent. Then comes the Uzbek number. Hazaras are Shiites. People wanted the Taliban to form a comprehensive government. But that did not happen. Out of 33 ministers, 30 are Pashtuns. The cabinet includes two Tajiks and one Uzbek. But Hazara and women have no place in it.

It is a sad fact that the freedom that women and others have gained in the last 20 years is gone. And that is why women are taking to the streets in important cities like Kabul, Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif to protest against the Taliban and Pakistan. His anger against Pakistan is mainly due to two reasons. On the one hand, he believes that Pakistan has annihilated Afghanistan. Second, they are upset by the Taliban’s atrocities in the Panjshir Valley.

All these demonstrations, which were mainly attended by women, carried placards with slogans like ‘We want independence’, ‘Afghanistan Zindabad’, ‘Taliban is a puppet of Pakistan’, ‘Pakistan, get out of Afghanistan’. Surprisingly, Afghan journalists covering the protests were arrested and subjected to horrific torture. It is clear that the current so-called ‘Taliban 2.0’ is no different than before. Between 1996 and 2001, the Taliban did not occupy the Panjshir Valley. At this time, the whole of Afghanistan is under their control. Last time, only Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates recognized the Taliban government. Apart from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, China, Iran, Russia and some other nations are expected to give their approval.

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai told the UN Security Council that the Taliban must first recognize the rights of women and girls in order to have a working relationship with Afghanistan. According to Malala, the international community must take a clear stand on women’s rights. In such a situation, India must stand with the Afghan people. This is the expectation of the Afghan people from India.

The author is an active student of South Asian folklore. [email protected]


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