Afghan Independence Day commemorates the Anglo-Afghan Treaty of 1919 which ended British rule in the Central Asian nation.
The Taliban, however, marked their independence from the power of the United States on Thursday.
The Taliban celebrated Afghanistan’s Independence Day on Thursday to mark the country’s independence from the “arrogant power of the world,” referring to the United States.
“Fortunately, today we are celebrating the anniversary of independence from Britain,” the Taliban said, “we are at the same time forcing another arrogant power in the world, the United States, to fail and retreat as a result of our jihadist resistance.” from our sacred region of Afghanistan,” the AP reports.
Afghan Independence Day on 19 August commemorates the Anglo-Afghan Treaty of 1919 that ended British rule in the Central Asian nation.
However, various challenges ranging from ruling a frozen government to fighting a potentially armed opposition are already beginning to emerge.
With ATMs running short of cash and a severe food crisis for 38 million people nationwide, the Taliban are likely to face the challenges of a government dethroned without international aid.
“A humanitarian crisis of incredible proportions is unfolding before our eyes,” warned Mary Ellen McGorty, the head of the World Food Program in Afghanistan, the AP reports.
Meanwhile, the drought has damaged more than 40 percent of the country’s crops, McGarty said.
Hundreds of people have fled the Taliban regime in fear, taking resorts in parks and open spaces in Kabul.
The Taliban have not yet made any plans for their government.
They stick to their earlier statements of the government following Shariat or Islamic laws. However, now the pressure is increasing on them.
Meanwhile, opposition figures fleeing Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley now speak of launching an armed resistance under the banner of the Northern Coalition, which was allied with the US during the 2001 invasion, the AP reports.
Urging people to return to work, most government officials remain hiding in their homes or attempt to flee the Taliban.
Afghanistan’s $9 billion foreign reserves remain in question, the vast majority now apparently frozen in the US Will increase the prices of essential food while depreciating inflation. Its currency, the Afghani.
“This is truly Afghanistan’s hour of greatest need, and we urge the international community to stand with the Afghan people at this time,” McGarty told the AP.
Afghanistan’s two major border crossings with Pakistan, Torkham near Jalalabad and Chaman near Spin Boldak, are now open for cross-border trade. Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has said that hundreds of trucks have passed by. However, traders are still under pressure to price their goods even higher given the insecurity on the roads, confusion at customs and economic conditions.
There has been no armed opposition to the Taliban. But videos from the Panjshir Valley north of Kabul, a stronghold of Northern Coalition militias allied with the US during the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, show potential opposition figures gathering there. The region is the only province that has not come under the Taliban.
Those figures include members of the ousted government – Vice President Amrullah Saleh, who claimed on Twitter that he is the country’s rightful president, and Defense Minister General Bismillah Mohammadi – as well as Ahmed Masood, son of slain Northern Coalition leader Ahmed Shah. Huh. Masood.