Hundreds of Kabul residents took to the streets today to protest what they believe was Pakistan’s meddling in Afghanistan’s affairs three weeks after the Taliban takeover. Videos shared by local journalists on social media showed the crowd shouting slogans such as “death to Pakistan”, “we don’t want a Pakistani puppet government” and “Pakistan, get out of Afghanistan”.
Pakistani spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), known for its support of terror groups against India, is said to be working with the Taliban to lay the groundwork for the new government in the country where a US-led alliance has fought a war 20 years against terror.
“ISI stay away,” reads a sign in the hands of a woman during today’s protest outside the Pakistani embassy in the Afghan capital.
ISI chief Faiz Hameed was in Kabul this weekend, reportedly to be briefed by his country’s ambassador, but is also likely to have met with Taliban officials.
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The Taliban fired shots into the air today to disperse crowds during the protest, AFP news agency reported.
Today, the curses of the Taliban and Pakistan can be heard from all over Kabul.
Separate groups, mostly young men and women, have started protests in dozens of places in Kabul. They sing “Death to the Taliban”, “Death to Pakistan”
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The armed group has not yet announced a government, but the name of a lesser-known Taliban leader on the United Nations terror list, Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, is circulating as someone who could become Afghanistan’s next prime minister.
Disagreements between the terrorist group’s multiple factions have so far hampered government formation in the war-torn country.
The main contenders for power, whose struggles have delayed the announcement of a new regime, include the Taliban’s Doha unit led by Mullah Baradar, the Haqqani Network, a semi-independent terror group operating in the east. of Afghanistan, and the Kandahar faction of the Taliban.
It is speculated that the consensus to make Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund the next prime minister was reached during the Pakistan military intelligence chief’s stay in Kabul.