in a video, Taliban soldiers burn musical instruments and insult artists

A video of Taliban soldiers insulting local artists and burning musical instruments went viral in Afghanistan on Saturday. The video was reportedly shot in the province of Paktika, in the east of the country.

The video shows two musicians with torn clothes after being beaten by Taliban forces. Soldiers publicly insulted performers and cut their hair, a common punishment for those suspected of petty crimes.

Taliban soldiers take the law into their own hands across Afghanistan“, reported on Twitter the Afghan journalist Bilal Sarwari.


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The Taliban continue to violate the musical rights of the Afghan people“, said musicologist Ahmad Sarmast. He founded the Afghan National Institute of Music, but went into exile with 300 students, teachers and relatives when the Taliban regained power.

This video shows the Taliban’s barbaric attitude towards musicians and music in Afghanistan, where music is banned“, Sarmast said in a tweet.

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