It’s a scene straight out of a dystopian war movie – desperate native people, running for their lives, picking a solitary suitcase, jostling their kids through the crowd, hoping to catch that one last vessel that will be their way out of the hellhole. However, unlike the reel screen, where such set pieces are shot on green screen, the eerie reality is unfolding in its naked form at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan post-Taliban’s invasion.
After the Taliban seized control of the capital city, and the Americans forcefully evacuated their embassy members by open firing near the crowd, the security officials and the Afghan forces fled the Kabul airport. The situation is at the mercy of the terrorist outfit, with panicked Afghans swarming over the tarmac of the runway.
Video of hundreds of Afghans trying to enter the aeroplanes has gone viral on the realms of social media platforms. Images of people lying motionless on the runway suggest that few have also lost their lives in the midst of commotion and gunfire.
Journalist Aditya Raj Kaul informed that people had died at the airport, “Sad update. 2-3 casualties were reported from Kabul airport in the gunfire to control the chaos and commotion by the anxious crowd. No official confirmation yet on the casualties because of the fluid situation. Better to avoid Kabul airport because civil flights not operational right now”
Kabul airport was the only way to leave the country as the Taliban have taken over all the important land border crossings with neighbouring countries such as Pakistan, Iran, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. However, with the airport closed for civil operations, the people have nowhere to go. A distressing video has come to light where few Afghans who had strapped themselves to the American C-17 can be seen falling from the sky and crashing on the people’s houses.
However, here in India, some Muslim intellectuals and journalists are frothing at the prospect of the Taliban seizing control over Afghanistan. A clubhouse conversation between a group of deranged Islamists has leaked where one of the speakers can be heard telling the listeners to take lessons from the Taliban.
Shadab Chauhan, Chief Spokesperson of the Peace Party and its IT Cell took to Twitter to regurgitate his love for the Taliban. He tweeted, “On the auspicious occasion our #Independence Day we got information that #Talibans entered in #Kabul Peacefully. We congratulate them and hope they will run govt as per Ahkam e Ilahinizam e Mustafa where any discrimination didn’t have any place. We believe in peace & justice”
For the left-liberal cabal of India and its champion activists, like propaganda writer Arfa Khanum Sherwani, the villains were once again the Sanghis, despite her Muslim counterparts in Afghanistan wreaking havoc. It is imperative to note that she still didn’t blame the Taliban for the condition of ordinary Afghans.
The support for the Taliban and its activities from the radical Muslim community of India can be traced back to the founding philosophy of the terrorist outfit. Taliban is said to have been inspired by the Deobandi Islamist movement that originated from a town named Deoband in Uttar Pradesh. It is interesting to note that Tablighi Jamaat, who was in the news last year for the spread of the coronavirus is also linked to the same school of thought.
The likes of Arfa and Shadab Chauhan covertly adhere to the Deobandi philosophy and thus, they do not outrightly condemn the Taliban or its actions.