Berlin: ‘The Taliban will slaughter the innocent citizens of Afghanistan once NATO withdraws its troops. The Afghan women and children would have to suffer unspeakable harm,’ former US President George Bush warned. Earlier, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton had both warned of the dire consequences in the aftermath of a pullout from Afghanistan. Without directly resting the blame for the decision on incumbent President Joe Biden, former US President George Bush underscored the severe repercussions of a withdrawal to NATO.
After the 9/11 attacks, it was George Bush who had initiated the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan. The warning on US troop withdrawal is therefore striking since it has been issued by Bush. Notably, the fears expressed by Bush about the killing of the Afghan people and the security of its women and children are apparently becoming a reality. It is true that the Taliban leaders had announced it would provide women access to education and other rights under its reign. However, in some provinces captured by the Taliban, women have been denied permission to leave the house alone. Not just that, the Taliban is making arrangements for registration of all females over the age of 16 for its militants, a female journalist reported.
It has thus become difficult to trust the Taliban’s assurances. People willing to believe the Taliban’s promises are being criticised since the release of a video from Faryab province a few hours ago. The video captures the cruelty with which the Taliban shot dead 22 soldiers from the Afghan Army who had surrendered in the conflict in Faryab. In another incident, the media claimed the Taliban had decapitated an Afghan soldier. Also, a month ago, the Taliban had perpetrated attacks at girls’ schools near the capital Kabul. Although the Taliban has announced securing women’s rights, the militant group is being accused of actually preparing to bring in a radical regime in Afghanistan.
International human rights groups have also expressed concern over the violence in Afghanistan and the numbers being displaced due to the Taliban’s attacks. Political circles in the United States have started to reprove President Biden’s decision. Furthermore, US analysts and leaders have said Afghanistan is heading towards a civil war.
Meanwhile, Zamir Kabulov, President Vladimir Putin’s special representative on Afghanistan, has warned of dire consequences if Taliban’s attacks threaten the security of its allies Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, from Central Asia. Moreover, a few days ago, the Russian foreign minister had hinted at sending troops to Afghanistan if the need arose.