The Taliban have sought international recognition as they govern Afghanistan after the West withdrew and the collapse of its Western-backed government. Reports have emerged that the insurgent group is accused of violating human rights while clashing with Afghan resistance forces in Panjshir.
According to a BBC report, the clash between the Taliban and Afghan resistance forces in Panjshir province, north of the Afghan capital Kabul, has led to allegations of human rights abuses by the insurgent group. Two people told the outlet that they saw their relative and neighbor assaulted by the Taliban in the area, known to be a stronghold of anti-Taliban resistance during the group’s first rule from 1996 to 2001.
A local Taliban spokesman denied the allegations, saying no abuses had taken place, no human rights had been taken away or that no members of the group had been killed.
It comes as fighters from the anti-Taliban National Resistance Front launched an offensive against Taliban forces in the area. The insurgent group has since responded by sending reinforcements to Panjshir.
The NRF is led by Ahmad Massoud, whose father is a renowned anti-Taliban fighter. Massoud’s father was among those who fled when the Taliban took control of Afghanistan after the West withdrew in August 2021. The group is also backed by former commandos who served in the military Afghan.
Local sources told the BBC the clashes started over a religious dispute. They claimed the Taliban were trying to arrest a Panjshiri cleric who said the Muslim Eid celebration should take place a day after the Taliban said so.
Meanwhile, the Taliban has dissolved the country’s human rights commission along with four other Western-backed agencies, deeming them unnecessary as the country faces a financial crisis. Afghanistan faces a budget shortfall of $501 million for this fiscal year, according to Taliban authorities when announcing the annual budget.
“Because these departments were not deemed necessary and were not included in the budget, they were disbanded,” Taliban government deputy spokesman Innamullah Samangani said.
The High Council for National Reconciliation was also dissolved by the Taliban, along with the National Security Council and the Afghan Constitutional Commission.