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Seven months after Taliban’s domination: What do non-Pashtuns say about their rule?

It has been seven months of Taliban’s government.

Taliban have failed to gain internal and international acceptancy, and their critics accuse them of forming a mono-ethnic government and monopoly. But Taliban emphasize that their government is an inclusive one and all ethnic groups have participated in their government.

On the other hand, some Tajiks and other ethnic groups are not optimistic about future of Afghanistan, and believe that Afghanistan will not be united.

Many citizens of the country also consider the current government to be far more inefficient and fanatical than the government of Hamid Karzai and Ashraf Ghani.

But what do political analysts, civil activists and citizens think about the Taliban government?

Former advisor of national security council, Dauod Naji, in an interview with Aamaj News said that the Taliban government is a mono-ethnic, made of a party and ideological one.

“The Taliban may have recruited several people from different ethnic groups into the government,” he added. “But government is not inclusive.”

Mr. Naji emphasized that the Taliban’s view must be inclusive and all streams of thoughts , political and religious currents should be properly represented in the government.

“Taliban do not believe in international law and regulations. They are not aware that in today’s world no one can rule based on their tastes,” Naji added.

Amin Omar, a civil activist, in an interview with Aamaj News said, “This is not the first time that fascist governments in Afghanistan have come to power. But in past two centuries, there have been governments that, under the guise of religion, modernization, democratic government, and republicanism, have prioritized Pashtun rule and assumed that they were big brothers that other ethnic groups were forced to obey them.”

Mr. Omar believes that legitimizing their thoughts starts with the fact that they take this assumption as a national model and relate it directly to national interests and national legitimacy. Anyone who criticizes this way of thinking will be called an immigrant, foreign spy, or enemy of national interests. Additionally they label their thoughts and values ​​as national issue, and consider other ethnic groups’ costumes as inferior.

He believes that the Taliban now consider “Emirate” as the only Islamic and religious system, in fact it has no deep roots in Islam and its Shriah. They also have concentrated the government in such a way that no one can criticize them or reveal their badness. Or at least use reason and logic with them.

“What will happen to a government that 90% of its cabinet members belong to the ethnicity which forms 34% of Afghanistan’s population? Have they not seen the fate of Saddam Hussein’s government?” Mr. Omar said.

Nisar Ahmad Shirzad, a political analyst said, “The Taliban rose among Pashtuns, and they rely more on Pashtun’s culture.”

He added that as the Taliban came to power, other ethnic groups had been marginalized. Members of these ethnic groups would be detained and tortured if they criticize the Taliban in the media.

He believes that a large number of Pashtuns are happy that Taliban took the power.

“The Taliban have anti-women slogans, they do not believe in modern national and international law. Other ethnic groups are not like them and that is why other ethnic groups strongly oppose the Taliban,” he said.

Mr. Shirzad concluded that the Taliban do not believe in any laws. Even their house-to-house search was generally in the Tajik, Uzbek and Hazara areas.

A journalist named Ayyub Arvin called the removal of the word “university دانشگاه” from the Balkh University banner as “de-Persification” and some others described it as “overt racial discrimination under the Taliban flag” and “imposition of identity” in Maulana’s homeland.

Meanwhile, a female collage student, Alia, expressed dissatisfaction with the Taliban’s house-to-house search, saying, “They entered the houses with their shoes, then searched all closets and personal belongings. They searched the pocket of clothes, to find gun in them, and searched all foodstuffs with the metal bar they had.”

“The Taliban government has failed to satisfy the people and they have come out to suppress certain ethnic groups,” said a Kabul resident Sohaib Salehi.

In the meantime, latest survey of Aamaj News’ journalists in all provinces of Afghanistan shows that the government members are all Taliban. There are no women and Hazaras in Taliban’s cabinet composition.

The survey shows that 92.5% of Taliban’s cabinet are Pashtuns and 100% of them are Taliban members.

Lastly, people in the know believe that history has proven no mono-ethnic government can last, if Taliban continue this way, Afghanistan will witness misery on a vast scale.

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Source: Aamaj News

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