Wed, 02 Feb 2022 03:54 PM IST
Kabul | Jagran News Desk: Taliban fighters will no longer be allowed to carry their weapons in amusement parks in Afghanistan, the group's spokesman said on Wednesday. The rule seems to appear as another effort by the country's forced rulers to show off and portray a softer image of them in the world.
After the Taliban took over Afghanistan in August, they visited many amusement parks, zoos, and water parks built in the country. The images of them carrying a gun and enjoying rides went crazily viral on the internet for quite some time. Taliban fighters, many of whom have spent most of their lives in a 20-year insurgency against a U.S.-backed government were all over the place for being inconsiderate and taking their guns to funfairs.
"Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate is not allowed to enter amusement parks with weapons, military uniforms, and vehicles," the main Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said on Twitter.
"(They) are obliged to abide by all the rules and regulations of amusement parks."
The Taliban earned a reputation as uncompromising and often brutal enforcers of their strict ways then they last ruled, between 1996 and 2001.
But since taking over in August, they have tried to present a more moderate face to their fellow Afghans and to the wider world, as an interim cabinet grapples with a looming humanitarian crisis.
Of particular attraction for Taliban fighters was one of Kabul's largest amusement parks and a waterside park at the Qargha reservoir, in the city's western outskirts.
Fighters clutching automatic rifles queued for up carousel and swinging pirate ship rides - with regular visitors looking on nervously. Most of the fighters Reuters spoke to then had never been to Kabul until the Taliban took control of the capital on Aug 15, and some were eager to visit the amusement park before returning to duties around the country.