After protests, the Taliban put on a show of power with a parade
At the weekend, Taliban forces marched through a northwest Afghan city in a show of force, days after reinforcements were dispatched to quiet protests after the imprisonment of a popular leader.
After an Uzbek Taliban leader was jailed for apparent connections to an abduction scheme, wave of protests started last week in Maymana, the capital of Faryab province.
Fears of tensions between Uzbek and Pashtun people and Taliban forces arose as a result of the turmoil, with unsubstantiated claims of members of both ethnic groups being murdered in isolated fights.
“Hundreds of troops from neighboring provinces have been dispatched, and the matter is currently under control,” Latifullah Hakimi, a senior defense ministry official, told Reporters over the weekend.
Masked soldiers wore similar white shalwar kameez tunics, khaki battle vests, and headscarves imprinted with the Muslim statement of faith in its recent procession.