Top 10 Facts about the dreaded Taliban

Taliban is a fundamentalist muslim movement that commenced in Afghanistan in the year 1994, expanding ever since. They believe themselves to be the only legitimate government of Afghanistan. Despite of once being overthrown by the United States in 2001, Taliban managed a resurgence in power but not as a government, rather an insurgency or Jihad. It’s members intend to enforce the Sharia amongst the islamics and believe that Jihad is their right.

Taliban has been barbarous, unfair and unjust to the people of Afghanistan, especially women. They ordered women to cover their bodies with burqas and niqab and abolished their right to education. Taliban is also responsible for forcefully imposing injudicious rules, massacres, territorial destruction, brutal conduct and savage attacks around the world.

Here are 10 facts that further explain Taliban’s incompetence to understand the meaning of liberty, humanity and righteousness.


Flag of Taliban


10.) Taliban decided the extent of personal vanity.

Taliban forced men to grow beards and women to cover their bodies from head to toe in burqas and niqabs with veil. Women were also prohibited from wearing cosmetics, they went to the extent of cutting finger-tips if they saw nail paint being applied. Donning heels was also restricted for women. According to Taliban, these acts are against the religious laws.





9.)  Approximately 3,600 Afghan civilians were believed to have been killed within the first year of conflict. 

Civilians claim that they saw Arab fighters supporting Taliban with long knives, meant to slit throats and skinning people. Drooling for political dominance, Taliban further denied emergency food sent by the UN for an estimate of 160,000 people, leaving them starved.

Once in power, Taliban exterminated human lives for ludicrous killings of civilians, they raped women and locked thousands of people to suffocate in containers. They randomly uprooted people from their homes, burned down orchards, crops and destroyed irrigation systems.


8.) Taliban sold women and treated them callously. 

God knows which religion permits human trafficking! Some Taliban and Al-Qaeda commanders abducted women from Afghanistan in order to trade them into sex slavery in Afghanistan and Pakistan. They asserted that the clothing stipulations were measures for the protection of women from such exploitations. After kidnapping women, they would select the most desirable ones and sell the rest to brothels or private houses in Pakistan.

Bibi Aisha is an Afghan woman whose disfigured face transpired when she appeared on the cover of a renowned magazine.

Aisha’s childhood was an endurance of agony. She lost her mother at a young age and was promised at the age of 12 to a Taliban fighter by her father in compensation for a murder attempted by her family. At the age of 14, she was married off and was unremittingly oppressed ever since.

Bibi Aisha on Cover of Time

She fled at the age of 18 but was caught and imprisoned for five months and was later handed to her family. Her father sent her back to her in-laws who revenged her by cutting her nose and ears off, leaving her to die. She was rescued by aid workers and U.S. military and was later given treatment in the United States. She was offered a free reconstruction surgery which has altered her face.

Aisha was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and would have seizures or would harm herself.


7.) Civil rights for women were discarded and civilians were not allowed to participate in leisurely activities during their governance.

Taliban has forbidden women of occupational independence, right to education, freedom of expression and any right they ever possessed. Women were not allowed to dress up the way they wish to, laugh publicly and could not leave their house without a male chaperon from the family. Women were beaten and publicly humiliated if they violated any of these rules or accompanied an unrelated man when strolling out of their house.

Taliban ordered the civilians to paint the windows of their houses black so that no-one could catch sight of the women inside.Women were denied treatment from a male doctor, which many a times left them untreated.

Taliban had restrained civilians from flying kites or owning birds as pets. People were not allowed to take pictures or videos of their family. Music was also condemned and so was television, the only media entertained was the radio which was also controlled. Any form of display picture or photograph was outlawed, even in books.


6.) Since their defeat in 2001, Taliban seized control of a provincial capital for the first time in September 2015.

Taliban took control of the strategically important city of Kunduz in 2015, steadily extending their influence. The US army has kept an approximation of 10,000 troops in Afghanistan, in order to bestride Taliban and restrain attacks. Though Taliban believes itself to be a steadily splintering organisation which maybe threatened by the ascension of the Islamic State militant group in Afghanistan.


5.) Ten thousand tonnes of bombs were dropped by Taliban, half the amount hit London during the initial attacks. 

Taliban drops bombs like they crack peanuts. They have caused extreme archaeological demolitions, one of which was tossing down monumental statues of standing Buddhas at Bamyan, built in the 6th-century, carved in the Bamyan valley. It took them days to collapse the relics down.

U.S. Army Soldiers from Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment burn down a Taliban safehouse discovered during operations in the Paktika province of Afghanistan March 30, 2007. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Holley) (Released)

Kushan era Buddhist stupas and status in Swat valley were also demolished by the Taliban and they also dynamited the Jehanabad Buddha’s face. The Taliban wantonly targeted Gandhara Buddhist relics for destruction. Also, there have been numerous Taliban attacks on Kabul in recent years. They continue to ascend suicide bombings and create ambush across the world.


4.) 96 per cent of girls and 60 per cent of boys were found illiterate after the first year of their reign. 

A Taliban gunman shot Malala Yousafzai as she rode home on a bus after taking an exam in school for openly espousing and expressing her opinion for the cause of education for girls.

The Taliban has killed dozens of children, one of the major assault being at a Peshawar school in a revenge mission for activist Malala Yousafzai being awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. The anarchists attacked the school to send a ‘strong’ message to the supporters of Malala, who advocated education for women and children.


Despite of such a petrifying assault, Malala persistently supports the cause of education for all and is a vigorous activist for the same.


3.) During the initial years, Taliban leaders did not reveal their faces to the general public.

Taliban did not issue press statements, public policies or held press conferences. Since photography was banned, civilians had no clue of what the Taliban leaders looked like.


2.) The Taliban threatened to destabilise Pakistan, which was hilarious since it was the offspring of Pakistan!

Taliban is a product of Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence. The I.S.I. used Taliban to their advantage in setting up a jurisdiction in Afghanistan, helping Pakistan in establishing dominion. Since the creation of the Taliban, the ISI and the Pakistani military have given financial, logistical and military support.Pakistan is accused of supporting the Taliban since 9/11, an allegation Pakistan denies.


1.) Many key leaders of the Taliban have been killed in US drone strikes. 


Mullah Mansour

Mullah Nazir, Waliur Rehman, Hakimullah Mehsud and Mullah Mansour died in a US led drone strike. Mullah Mansour, the latest target of US led drone strikes and the leader of Taliban was killed while he was visiting his family in Iran. U.S. intelligence agencies received information about him, allowing them to track Mullah Mansour’s movements, including his communicational assets. The US military’s Reaper drones crossed the border, entering Pakistan’s airspace, tracking Mansour’s vehicle which was pulled over near some unidentified buildings. After the car was pulled back on the road, the drones launched the strike, and two missiles were launched, killing Mullah Mansour in 2016.

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