Talibans are hunting down traitors and disposing bodies of their victims in mass graves despite telling the world that they will not carry out revenge on their enemies, it is reported.
Chaos has ensued in the Afghanistan capital Kabul as people fearing the Talibans are desperate to leave the country after its fighters took the city last Sunday.
Outwardly the Taliban, who believe an extreme Islamic doctrine, have said that they are not seeking “revenge on anyone” and that they don’t want “any internal or external enemies”.
They also have said that they will respect the rights of women “within the framework of Islamic law”.
But at the same time it is claimed that barbarities have started to take place in the southern province of Kandahar, reported the Daily Star.
Taliban fighters appear to be throwing bodies into mass graves in images obtained by the Daily Star.
It also reports that the Talibans are going after anyone they see as “traitors” and include those associated with the Afghan government, soldiers, NATO, NGOs, and journalists.
David Otto, counter-terrorism and organised crime expert at Global Risk International, told the Daily Star: “This is a known Taliban terror tactic to generate fear and little resistance from state forces, especially for an insurgency group that intends to control strategic locations in a large contested country.
“The Taliban understands that cruel news spreads faster. As soon as other districts get information of how bad the Taliban is treating captured state forces, the resistance level in ensuing districts is lessened.
“These arbitrary arrests, intimidation, and mass murder tactics are what accounted for many Afghan security forces to flee to neighbouring states or surrender and hand over their weapons to the Taliban without putting up any resistance.”
There are fears that officials of the Afghanistan government could be killed and that the Taliban’s opponents are being rounded up.
Mr Otto continued: “If the Taliban is isolated, it may even be more dangerous to international peace and security now that they have access to and in possession of trillions of dollars worth of US coalition trained military personnel and equipment.
“With this power and resources, nothing will stop the Taliban from providing training and other support to terrorist groups like al-Qaeda.”
Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the organisation had received “accounts of mounting human rights violations against the women and girls of Afghanistan”.
He added: “We cannot and must not abandon the people of Afghanistan.”