Chief Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma got 14 arrested for supporting the Taliban on social media asking cops to take stringent action.
Himanta Biswa Sarma has directed Assam Police to arrest anyone supporting the Taliban on social media and 14 people were arrested from different parts of Assam for social media posts for supporting the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. He said that he has directed cops to act without “fear and favour”.
Need cooperation from everyone to maintain peace and harmony, he also said.
The 14 accused have been booked under different sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, IT Act and CrPC.
The top cop also advised people to be careful about inflammatory social media posts, including retweeting them, liking them, saying their actions could lead to penal action.
According to PTI, Deputy Inspector General Violet Baruah also urged people to help law enforcement agencies keep tabs on such social media posts.
“We are registering criminal cases against such persons. Please inform the police if any such thing comes to your notice,” Baruah tweeted.
A sudden affinity to the Taliban from certain quarters raises concerns for India and comparing Taliban fighters with Indian freedom fighters rang alarm bells in Assam.
As per the cops, two people each were arrested from Kamrup (Rural), Barpeta and Dhubri, while one person each was arrested from Darrang, South Salmara, Goalpara and Hojai districts.
The arrested people also include four from the three Barak Valley districts and two people have been arrested in Karimganj, one each has been apprehended from the other two districts, PTI quoted police officials as saying.
Also, in Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party MP Shafiqur Barq was booked for sedition for equating the Taliban with Indian freedom fighters.
Earlier, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) made statements in support of the Taliban.
AIMPLB secretary Maulana Umrain Mahfuz Rahmani and national spokesperson Maulana Sajjad Nomani praised the terrorist outfit for taking over Afghanistan.
Later, AIMPLB distanced itself from comments made by its office bearers and said it had neither expressed any view nor given any statement on the Taliban and the recent political situation of Afghanistan.
However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has yet to make a statement on the Taliban and his silence is glaringly obvious. Rumors go that he has met with the Taliban in talks and an Indian delegation met with the Taliban in Doha.
Stunningly, even when the Taliban had brutally murdered Indian Danish Siddiqui, award-winning Reuters photojournalist, the prime minister had not condemned it.
Rumors that the Taliban has changed and this is a ” reformed” Taliban are also flooding India and this has led to mixed reactions in people. There is also a feeling that perhaps the Taliban will bring peace to Afghanistan after decades of war. India is submerged with mixed reactions on this matter.
Who is the Taliban?
The Taliban Refers to itself as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), is a Deobandi Islamist religious-political movement and military organization in Afghanistan, regarded by many governments and organizations as terrorists.
From 1996 to 2001, the Taliban held power over roughly three-quarters of Afghanistan and enforced a strict interpretation of Sharia or Islamic law.
The Taliban emerged in 1994 as one of the prominent factions in the Afghan Civil War and largely consisted of students (talib) from the Pashtun areas of eastern and southern Afghanistan who had been educated in traditional Islamic schools and fought during the Soviet–Afghan War.
Under the leadership of Mohammed Omar, the movement spread throughout most of Afghanistan, shifting power away from the Mujahideen warlords.
The totalitarian Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was established in 1996 and the Afghan capital was transferred to Kandahar. It held control of most of the country until being overthrown after the American-led invasion of Afghanistan in December 2001 following the September 11 attacks.
The Taliban have been condemned internationally for the harsh enforcement of their interpretation of Islamic Sharia law, which has resulted in the brutal treatment of many Afghans.
During their rule from 1996 to 2001, the Taliban and their allies committed massacres against Afghan civilians, denied UN food supplies to 160,000 starving civilians, and conducted a policy of scorched earth, burning vast areas of fertile land and destroying tens of thousands of homes.
While the Taliban controlled Afghanistan, they banned activities and media including paintings, photography, and movies that depicted people or other living things. They also banned music from using instruments, with the exception of the daf, a type of frame drum.
The Taliban stopped girls and young women from attending school, banned women from working jobs outside of healthcare (male doctors were prohibited from treating women and required that women be accompanied by a male relative and wear a burqa at all times when in public.
If women broke certain rules, they were publicly whipped or executed. Religious and ethnic minorities were heavily discriminated against during Taliban rule. According to the United Nations, the Taliban and their allies were responsible for 76% of Afghan civilian casualties in 2010, and 80% in 2011 and 2012.
The Taliban also engaged in cultural genocide, destroying numerous monuments including the famous 1500-year-old Buddhas of Bamiyan.
The Taliban’s ideology has been described as combining an “innovative” form of Sharia Islamic law based on Deobandi fundamentalism and militant Islamism, combined with Pashtun social and cultural norms known as Pashtunwali, as most Taliban are Pashtun tribesmen.
The Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence and military are widely alleged by the international community and the Afghan government to have provided support to the Taliban during their founding and time in power, and of continuing to support the Taliban during the insurgency. Pakistan states that it dropped all support for the group after the 11 September attacks. In 2001, reportedly 2,500 Arabs under command of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden fought for the Taliban.