KABUL: Taliban fighters will now not be allowed to carry their weapons in amusement parks in Afghanistan, the group’s spokesman stated on Wednesday (Feb 2), in what appeared to be one other effort by the nation’s new rulers to soften their picture.
Taliban fighters, lots of whom have spent most of their lives in a 20-year insurgency in opposition to a US-backed authorities, flocked to amusement parks in Afghan cities in cities after they took over in August.
“Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate are not allowed to enter amusement parks with weapons, military uniforms and vehicles,” the most important Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, stated on Twitter.
“(They) are obliged to abide by all the rules and regulations of amusement parks.”
The Taliban earned a fame as uncompromising and sometimes brutal enforcers of their strict methods then they final dominated, between 1996 and 2001.
But since taking on in August, they have tried to current a extra average face to their fellow Afghans and to the wider world, as an interim cupboard grapples with a looming humanitarian disaster.
Of explicit attraction for Taliban fighters was certainly one of Kabul’s largest amusement parks and a waterside park at the Qargha reservoir, in the metropolis’s western outskirts.
Fighters clutching automated rifles queued for up carousel and swinging pirate ship rides – with common guests wanting on nervously.
Most of the fighters Reuters spoke to then had by no means been to Kabul till the Taliban took management of the capital on Aug 15, and a few have been keen to go to the amusement park earlier than returning to duties round the nation.