Veteran warlord and ex-Herat Governor Ismail Khan has been detained by the Taliban. The terror outfit had captured the two major Afghan cities of Kandahar and Herat, the country’s second and third-largest after Kabul on Thursday.
Hyderabad: Amid reports of the Taliban having taken over two major cities of Kandahar and Herat, speculations are rife that veteran warlord and ex-Herat Governor Ismail Khan has been detained by the outfit. According to reports, some other officials of the Kabul administration have also been detained along with capturing of two choppers. Meanwhile, President Ghani is expected to brief the nation about the ongoing situation either on Friday or Saturday.
The scale of violence in the country, courtesy of the Taliban, is resulting in humanitarian catastrophes as the extremist group engages in looting and killing civilians after capturing multiple areas from the government. Taliban forces have already captured cities like Sar-e-Pol, Sheberghan, Aybak, Kunduz, Taluqan, Pul-e-Khumri, Farah, Zaranj, Faizabad and most recently Ghazni. As a result, the Afghan government has offered to share power with the hardened extremist outfit. The government's offer comes in the wake of the Taliban adding provinces and cities to its kitty in a ruthless manner. If experts are to be believed the day is not far when they will conquer Kabul.
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India has warned its citizens residing in Afghanistan of 'high risk of kidnapping' and has directed all Indian and foreign firms operating in the war-torn country to alert employees of Indian origin to depart immediately. All Indians have also been asked to register themselves with the Embassy in Kabul and that an emergency plan has been chalked out for their exit. However, no evacuations are being carried out as commercial flight operations are still on.