Ground Report | New Delhi: Taliban opened fire; A video clip shows Taliban fighters opened fire on a group of protesters in Jalalabad, amid recent heartbreaking incidents in war-torn Afghanistan. On Wednesday, the incident took place when a group of protesters in Jalalabad were defying the Taliban flag and demanding that the Afghan national flag be returned to its offices.
Taliban opened fire
In the video, which has now gone viral on social media platforms, protesters are seen waving the Afghan national flag on a heavily crowded street in Jalalabad, after some armed Taliban fighters opened fire on them.
Some journalists covering the protests were also beaten up by Taliban fighters and there have been reports of casualties. In a video shared on social media, hundreds of people can be seen marching with the Afghan flag. Gunshots could be heard in the background as the protesters dispersed from the area.
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It comes after the Taliban entered Kabul on Sunday and President Ashraf Ghani fled the nation, saying his move was aimed at ‘avoiding bloodshed’.
Mullah Baradar will arrive in Kabul today
However, on the other hand, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban’s co-founder and head of their political office in Doha, has arrived in Afghanistan and is expected to arrive in Kabul on Wednesday.
Mullah Baradar, along with other Taliban leaders, arrived in the southern city of Kandahar on Tuesday. Mullah Baradar is said to belong to the Popalzai tribe. This tribe is considered to be very influential in Afghanistan and former Afghan President Hamid Karzai also belongs to this tribe. The tribe also lives on both sides of the border, in Pakistan’s Balochistan and Peshawar provinces.
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He was later arrested in February 2010 in Karachi, Pakistan, in a joint US-Pakistani operation. At the time, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was at the top of the list of prisoners the Taliban demanded the Afghan government release to promote peace talks.
He was released by the Pakistani government in September 2013. But it was not clear whether he remained in Pakistan or moved elsewhere. Mullah Baradar was the most trusted soldier and deputy of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.