Afghanistan’s music school attacked

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Afghanistan’s music school attacked

Friday, 10 September 2021 | PNS | New Delhi

In the signs of the times ahead in Afghanistan post-Taliban takeover, the members of the militia have attacked journalists there and destroyed the instruments at the National Institute of Music of Afghanistan.

“The Taliban entered the National Institute of Music of Afghanistan and destroyed all the instruments there,” an expert tracking the development said.

The premiere music institute was an important cultural and arts rejuvenation story of the erstwhile democratic Afghanistan. The institute’s ensembles comprising school students, including the all-female Zohra orchestra, have performed around the world from Carnegie Hall in New York to the World Economic Forum in Davos. Many of these young musicians came from impoverished communities but the Taliban has banished all such arts under the Sharia administration.

In another incident on Wednesday, Ghorban Mohammad “Andarabi” of the Afghan National Defence Force was kicked out of his house by the Taliban and shot dead in front of his children in Khenjan district. He was liquidated despite being given amnesty by the Taliban in an indication that there is no shift in the brutality of the UN-sanctioned outfit or any respect for its own words of commitment.

While the Taliban has assured freedom of expression under its rule, the outfit members tortured at least two reporters of the newspaper Al-Itteha Rooz after their arrest.

The outfit had in the past exhorted that there would not be any reprisals against those who worked for the US or NATO forces or their sympathisers. However, the action on the ground belied the Taliban’s commitment, added Afghan watchers. 

The manner and the contents of the orders being issued by the Ministers of the interim Government in Kabul suggests they are largely not capable of handling an administration even though they may be good at guerilla warfare, they added.  

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