At a time when Taliban is seeking diplomatic ties with other countries, including ex-foe US, the United Nations is said to have received “credible allegations” of extrajudicial killings under its rule in Afghanistan. Nada Al-Nashif, the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights has said in a speech to the Human Rights Council on Tuesday that at least 72 alleged killings were “attributed to the Taliban.” These killings are of former Afghan national security force personnel as well as other Afghans associated with the former, democratic government in the war-torn country, which fell to Taliban three months ago.
Since it took over Afghanistan in mid-August, Taliban’s rule has led to a chaotic withdrawal of foreign forces from the country, including those belonging to the United States. In his speech at the UN, Al-Nashif also said that “the bodies were publicly displayed. This has exacerbated fear among this sizeable category of the population.”
Meanwhile, the Taliban government has already reached out to the Indian dispensation, seeking Indian visas for Afghan students keen to return to complete their studies. The students had returned to their homes after the second wave of COVID-19 earlier this year. When Taliban overtook the government in Afghanistan, India cancelled their visas in August, leaving the students stranded. Besides the visas, Taliban has also sought direct flights between two countries.
On the other hand, it has also asked Chinese investors to put their money into Afghanistan, promising them security. Deputy Spokesperson of Afghanistan, Bilal Karimi told the press recently, “We hope all traders, in particular Chinese investors to invest in Afghanistan and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan will ensure their security.” Calling China “one of the most important countries in the region,” Taliban’s deputy Minister of Information and Culture, Zabiullah Mujahid had said at a press conference that Taliban wanted to achieve good relations with the country.