Taliban burns musical instruments
Since taking power in August 2021, the Taliban authorities have continuously imposed laws to enforce their austere vision of Islam, including banning the playing of music in public.
A number of musical instruments were burned on Sunday in the Afghan province of Herat, by the "morality" police, the state news agency Bakhtar News reported.
The head of the Department for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in the western province of Herat, Aziz al-Rahman al-Muhajir, said that the authorities confiscated and burned musical instruments because “the promotion of music leads to moral corruption and the act of playing music misleads young people.”
The bonfire saw musical equipment go up in smoke, most of which had been collected from wedding halls across the city, worth several hundred dollars in total. A guitar, a harmonium, two other string instruments and a tabla (a kind of drum), as well as speakers and loudspeakers were burned.
Since taking power in August 2021, the Taliban authorities have continuously imposed laws to enforce their austere vision of Islam, including banning the playing of music in public. Wedding halls have been instructed to refrain from playing music.
Activities that are contrary to Islamic rules- according to the interpretation of the Taliban - have also been banned at weddings and similar events.
It has been one year since the Taliban took power again in Afghanistan. In this year of resistance and struggle, many women have been abducted, enslaved and tortured by Taliban gangs. Women and girls have been deprived of all their basic rights. But the women who did not recognise the Taliban regime turned the streets into places of resistance.
The Taliban were in power in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 and committed numerous massacres in the country during that time. In 2001, the US launched an operation in Afghanistan because the Taliban regime supported the radical Islamist group Al-Qaeda, which had caused the deaths of thousands of US citizens with its attack on the Twin Towers in New York on 11 September 2001.
The US had troops in Afghanistan from 2001 until August 2021, when it withdrew. On 15 August 2021, the Taliban captured the capital Kabul and took power again.