Liberal columnist warns Taliban 'incapable of establishing a modern state'

Taliban fighters (Video screenshot)

A “liberal thinker” has written in a column in the Egyptian daily newspaper Al-Watan that Muslims should not be rejoicing at the Taliban’s rise to power in Afghanistan.

In fact, that terror organization of radical Islamists actually is “hostile to life and humanity” and is “incapable of establishing a modern state.”

It will fail, explained Khaled Montaser, a physician and media figure who wrote in the newspaper, according to a report from the Middle East Media Research Institute, which described him as a “liberal thinker.”

Montaser said his expectations of disaster started when the Taliban recently “killed Afghan comedian Nazar Mohammad and mutilated his body to intimidate [others].”

He explained, “Horror indeed intensified, and the murderers won. Nazar, known as Khasha Zwan, was known to his friends as a lover of comedy who posted funny videos on Youtube. He lived in Kandahar, a Taliban stronghold. He was surprised [in his home], abducted, tied and [forced into] a vehicle. A video circulated later shows Taliban soldiers slapping him and laughing, and another video showed them mutilating his body!”

Montaser continued, “The killing of humor marks the beginning of the path of deterioration and destruction… The Taliban’s first and most important decision was to remove pictures of women from billboards, smash store windows mannikins and of course mandate the wearing of the chador, the Afghan niqab. Religious fascism intensified, until they reached the point of killing joy and then proceeded to kill life itself by forbidding Afghans to get vaccinated for Covid-19.”

He said the extremism was highlighted by the Taliban’s decision, earlier this year, to gun down “three women in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan who worked vaccinating [the populace] against polio… In June [2021], five members of the polio vaccination teams were killed and four were wounded in a series of coordinated attacks in three different places in eastern Afghanistan.”

Vaccines, including that for COVID-19, now are “forbidden,” in the Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, he wrote.

“Is this unreasonable behavior the Taliban’s way of becoming more liberated and civilized? Can those who are hostile to humanity and life be part of the modern [world]?” Montaser wrote, “The disaster is that some of our young people are writing [with admiration] of the Taliban’s great victory, their takeover of Kabul and their invasion of Kandahar! Do they think that [the acts of] exiling people, stoning them, killing and perpetrating massacres herald the establishment of a [modern] state, the building of a nation and the revival of the homeland?!

“Whoever believes that what is happening in Afghanistan is a victory for Islam and the Muslims needs to have his head and his intelligence examined.”

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