Taliban is killing innocent children and elderly Afghans, former minister claims

A former interior minister of Afghanistan has posted shocking images of Twitter of children and older people who have allegedly been killed by Taliban members.

Masoud Andarabi, who was sacked by former Afghan president Ashraf Ghani in March, said the group is ‘trying to rule over people by terrorising, killing young children and elderly citizens’.

He tweeted: ‘In Andarab, Taliban have been carrying out unwarranted searches of homes, capturing people without reason or justification and killing innocent citizens. 

‘As a result, people have had to rise against their brutality to protect their lives, honour, dignity and property.’

He added the Taliban ‘cannot govern the nation’ using these terror methods.

The group is now in control of almost all of Afghanistan after dramatically marching into the capital of Kabul, and has sent shockwaves across the world.

It comes following fears Jihadist commanders were reportedly ordering imams to bring them lists of unmarried women aged from 12 to 45 for their soldiers to marry.

The Taliban claimed on Monday three more districts north of Kabul have been seized, and soldiers have surrounded Panjshir, the last province that remains out of their control.

Mr Andarabi posted the tweets after telling news outlet India Today that people will continue to fight against Taliban rule.

He said: ‘I think there will be backs and pushes and resistance.

‘It shows that if the Taliban do not adjust to today’s Afghanistan, these pocket resistances will keep popping up.

‘The resistance will continue in any form across the country.’

He said if the Taliban wants to gather support, the group should form an elected government and not an undemocratic ’emirate’. 

The main resistance group fighting the Taliban, The National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRF), is currently insisting it is not negotiating a surrender.

Ex-Afghan soldiers, led by Sandhurst-trained Ahmad Massoud, have joined forces with local military in the Panjshir Valley, north-east of Kabul.

Mr Andarabi was sacked by ousted president Ashraf Ghani after a spate of Taliban attacks against the government.

No official reason was given for his dismissal, but a senior security official said at the time that Mr Andarabi had failed to arrest a Taliban commander whose soldiers had shot down a helicopter and killed nine people.

Mr Andarabi had been told to arrest the commander some weeks beforehand.

He was described by Afghan journalist Bilal Sarwary as ‘widely respected’.

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