The Taliban fired shots in the air in response to massive protests against Pakistan in Kabul. The protesters chanted ‘Death to Pakistan’ and ‘Freedom’ as they marched through the streets. The Jihadis group’s close ties with Pakistan have come under the scanner, with Afghans rising against the new regime for their collaboration.
Taliban fighters firing shots in the air to disperse protesters in #Kabul today.— Frud Bezhan فرود بيژن (@FrudBezhan) September 7, 2021
Hundreds of people were protesting against #Pakistan, the Taliban’s main foreign sponsor.
Many of them were chanting “Death To Pakistan” and “Freedom.”
Courtesy video. #Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/kZeqcQofuW
Visuals from the protests show a significant crowd chanting slogans against Pakistan.
Anti Pakistan protests in Kabul, happening right now pic.twitter.com/t1SISw9RWY— Saad Mohseni (@saadmohseni) September 7, 2021
Chants of ‘Azadi’ (freedom) filled the air as well. Meanwhile, chief of Pakistan’s ISI is on a visit to Afghanistan and there are reports that the former will help the Taliban reorganize the military.
Anger mounting on the streets of Kabul, people chanting “freedom” and “death to Pakistan”. The demonstrators, many of them women, are in the centre of the Afghan capital #Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/Jg5RDzFsiA— Yalda Hakim (@BBCYaldaHakim) September 7, 2021
The Taliban responded to the protests with gunshots in the air, in an effort to intimidate the protesters
Taliban responds to anti-Pakistan protests in Kabul with machine gun fire.pic.twitter.com/8CG6EXhykV— Divya Kumar Soti (@DivyaSoti) September 7, 2021
The protesters reached the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul, where they raised ‘Death to Pakistan’ slogans.
Afghans reach Pakistan Embassy in Kabul to protest against Pakistan state backed terrorism in Afghanistan. Death to Pakistan slogan reverberates in the air across Kabul. pic.twitter.com/MC7I9iiC0f— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) September 7, 2021
There are huge crowds that can be observed in the visuals that have emerged.
Outpouring of anger on the streets of #Kabul today.— Frud Bezhan فرود بيژن (@FrudBezhan) September 7, 2021
Protesters chant against the Taliban and #Pakistan, the group’s main foreign sponsor.
“Death to Pakistan.”
“Freedom! Freedom!” pic.twitter.com/AS6AZAF1df
Slogans in support of Panjshir, which Taliban claimed they had taken control of on Monday, were also heard. A lot of women are seen participating in the protests.
Afghan women heading towards Pakistan Embassy in Kabul chant “Support Panjshir. Death to Pakistan”. pic.twitter.com/u6LILQBt3k— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) September 7, 2021
There are reports that journalists and cameraman covering the protests have been arrested by the Taliban regime.
News coming in that Taliban have arrested Journalists and cameramen who were covering today’s protest in Kabul https://t.co/3QhXHy6EPr— Marya Shakil (@maryashakil) September 7, 2021
Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid has said, “Anyone who tries to start an insurgency will be hit hard. We will not allow another.” It is not clear as of this moment the impact the protests will have on the Taliban rule in the country.