Thousands of Taliban fighters were deployed to the capital Kabul after the group took control Afghanistan on August 15th.
“When off duty, they look around, picnic and visit amusement parks, in guns and turbans. Taliban fighters from elsewhere in Afghanistan also come to see Kabul on tourist trips,” the Wall Street Journal reported.
The Defense Minister of the Taliban government Mawlawi Mohammad Yaqoob scolded the Taliban fighters for their behavior.
“Stick to the task that has been assigned to you. You are ruining our status, which has been made with the blood of our martyrs,” he said as quoted from Al Arabiya, Sunday (26/9/2021).
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He specifically warned fighters against taking selfies with Taliban leaders when they found the fighters and posting pictures on social media for betraying information about the location and activities of group members.
He also criticized the way Taliban fighters dressed, ordering them to maintain their beards, hair, and clothing in accordance with the group’s harsh interpretation of Islamic rules.
“Taliban men with shoulder-length hair, stylish clothes and sunglasses and wearing white high-heeled Cheetah sneakers are a common sight in Kabul,” reports the WSJ.