Taliban pour 3,000 litres of liquor into Kabul canal

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It was not clear when the raid was carried out or exactly when the alcohol was destroyed, but a statement issued by the agency said three dealers were arrested during the operation…reports Asian Lite News

Taliban officials on Sunday poured around 3,000 litres of liquor into a canal in Kabul amid a crackdown on the sale of alcohol in Afghanistan.

Video footage released by the General Directorate of Intelligence (GDI) showed its staff pouring alcohol stored in barrels into the canal after seizing it during a raid in the capital, reported Daily Pakistan.

An intelligence official said in the footage the agency posted on Twitter on Sunday, “Muslims have to seriously abstain from making and delivering alcohol.”

It was not clear when the raid was carried out or exactly when the alcohol was destroyed, but a statement issued by the agency said three dealers were arrested during the operation, reported Daily Pakistan.

The Taliban, known for their hard-core brand of Islam, are stricter in their opposition to alcohol as it is forbidden in Islam and is considered as haram or unlawful and its consumption is considered as impure.

Iran refuses recognition

Iran on Sunday said that Tehran will not recognize the current Taliban government (Islamic Emirate) unless it’s inclusive.

The Iranian Ambassador Bahadur Aminian made the remarks in a special interview with Tolo News in Kabul.

Aminian said that Tehran might persuade other countries to recognize the Afghan government if the Islamic Emirate brings reforms to its governance structure.

“If a group comes (to power) and the group is (comprised) of a single ethnic group and all other ethnic groups are not included in the government, we don’t accept it, and, therefore, we benevolently call on the Taliban rulers to form an inclusive government,” he said.

Further, he said that the current economic crisis will pave the way for extremism, particularly for Islamic State – Khorasan (IS-K), reported Tolo News.

“If the economic problems remain, it will cause more migration. If the economic problems remain, they will cause extremism, which will not only threaten Afghanistan but also the region,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Taliban said that Aminian’s remarks are an attempt to interfere in Afghan affairs.

“Is the government or the cabinet of Iran based on other people’s definition of inclusive?” said Inamullah Samangani, Deputy Spokesman for the Islamic Emirate.

“Every country has their own definition of inclusive government based on their national interests,” he added.

“This government should be inclusive based on the Afghan nation’s wishes, not based on foreign countries’ interference,” said Sayed Javad Husseini, leader of Hezb-e-Adalat wa Tawsa, reported Tolo News.

Taliban, who are desperate to seek international recognition, and have time and again been reminded that respect for women and human rights, establishing inclusive government, not allowing Afghanistan to become a safe haven of terrorism are the preconditions for the recognition set by the international community. (ANI)

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