Thousands of Afghans protested against the Taliban in the southern city of Kandahar. Former government officials say, and as shown on local television, residents protested after Taliban members ordered the evacuation of a residential army colony on Tuesday. News Reuters.
According to eyewitness former government officials, protesters gathered in front of the governor’s house in Kandahar after asking about 3,000 families to evacuate the colony.
Video footage from local media showed protesters blocking a road in the city of Kandahar.
The area that Taliban members have called for to be evacuated is home to retired army generals and other members of the Afghan security forces. Some have lived here for over 30 years. They were given three days to vacate their homes.
There have been sporadic protests in some places since the Taliban took control of Kabul last month. Most of these protests ended violently. However, no violence was reported around yesterday’s protest.
Taliban leaders have vowed to investigate any abuse of power. But they also said they would seek permission before protesting. The United Nations said on Friday that the Taliban’s response to the peaceful protests had become increasingly violent.
The Taliban have begun searching the bank accounts of former high-ranking Afghan government officials. They will investigate whether any government official has acquired wealth illegally. Officials at The Afghanistan Bank say it could lead to the suspension of the assets of many former government officials, ministers and lawmakers.
A team of Taliban auditors has been appointed to their company, a private bank official said. They are checking the bank accounts of elected former government officials.
The administration of former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has been accused of widespread corruption. There are rumors that government officials have embezzled hundreds of millions of dollars from donor agencies. Ashraf Ghani is also accused of taking several lakh dollars before fleeing the country in Abu Dhabi.
Last Tuesday, several Taliban officials posted videos on their social media to show the seizure of millions of rupees in cash and gold coins from the home of former Vice President Amrullah Saleh in Panshi. The video was not verified by AFP. It shows Taliban members sitting on the floor counting money in a suitcase.
A member of the Taliban said লাখ 100,000 was recovered on the first day after Panshir fell to the Taliban. Another লাখ 82 million and gold vessels were later recovered