The Taliban are going door to door to search for dissidents and their families, according to a UN intelligence report, which added to fears Friday that the new Afghan leadership will reject their promises of tolerance.
After attacking government forces and taking over Kabul on Sunday to end two decades of war, leaders of the Islamic militant movement have repeatedly vowed complete peace in the blitz of good public relations.
The women were also assured that their rights would be respected and that the Taliban would be “completely different” from their brutal rule of 1996-2001.
The Taliban have made “house-to-house targets” of people who have worked with US and NATO forces, according to a secret document from UN threat assessment advisers advised by AFP.
The report, compiled by the Norwegian International Analysis Center, said activists were also checking people on their way to Kabul airport.
“They target the families of those who refuse to surrender, and follow and punish their families ‘according to the law’,” Christian Nellemann, the group’s executive director, told AFP.
“We expect the two previously working with NATO / American forces and their allies, as well as their family members, to be in danger of being tortured and killed.”
German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle also reported that the Taliban shot dead a relative of one of his journalists while searching for an editor.
“The killing of a close relative of one of our editors and the Taliban yesterday is very sad and speaks of the great danger that all our employees and their families find themselves in Afghanistan,” said DW director general Peter Limbourg.
Frenzied Afghans continue to flood Kabul airport and roads leading to it, looking for a way out of the country while foreign embassies continue their riot evacuation.
A German national was shot dead on his way to the airport, a German government spokesman said Friday, adding that his life was not in danger.
The Taliban have repeatedly said that their fighters are not allowed to enter private homes.
“We are ashamed and have no answer for this.”
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The Taliban have also insisted that women have nothing to fear under their new rule.
During their first term of office, women were excluded from public life and girls were banned from school.
A video posted online by a prominent female reporter this week on state television gave a different reality to the new Taliban image of tolerance.
“Our lives are in danger,” said Shabnam Dawran, a broadcaster for state-owned RTA television, saying he was fired.
“Male employees, those with office cards were allowed to enter the office but I was told that I could not continue with my work because the system was changed.”
There have been unique signs of anti-Taliban in parts of Afghanistan this week.
On Thursday, small groups of Afghans waved black, red and green flags in Kabul and several suburbs to celebrate Afghanistan’s independence, sometimes in front of Taliban militants on patrol.
Taliban militants fired shots to disperse Jalalabad Afghans who waved flags on Wednesday.
Russia also insisted Thursday that an opposition movement was forming in the Panjshir Valley, led by ousted Vice President Amrullah Saleh and Ahmad Massoud, the son of a slain anti-Taliban militant.
“The Taliban do not control the whole of Afghanistan,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.
In the Panjshir Valley, northeast of Kabul, Massoud, the son of Afghanistan’s most prominent Taliban fighter, Ahmed Shah Massoud, said he was “ready to follow in his father’s footsteps”.
“But we need more weapons, ammunition and equipment,” Massoud wrote in the Washington Post.