By Our Staff Reporter
Kabul: In a move which has won millions of hearts in Pakistan, Taliban arrested a government service after he was found guilty of removing Pakistan’s national flag from a Pakistani truck carrying aid from government and people of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
Taliban immediately removed the accused from job and arrested him after a video of accused went viral at internet showing him removing Pakistan’s national flag. Although, Pakistan didn’t complain about Afghanistan’s official’s move, however, Taliban himself took action after the video went viral at internet.
As per local media reports, Pakistan had donated food items — loaded in 17 container trucks — on humanitarian grounds to the newly-formed Taliban government in Afghanistan. The trucks were decorated with Pakistan’s national flag.
Local media reports quoted Pak-Afghan Cooperation Forum Chairman Habibullah Khan as saying that the goodwill gesture from Pakistan was made at a time when the war-stricken and impoverished people of Afghanistan direly needed such assistance.
However, a video emerged on social media of Taliban officials removing a Pakistan flag attached to the side of a truck. In the video, which shows normal citizens and Taliban fighters, people are heard saying to “rip” the flag. Loud cheers and chants are heard as the flag is removed while a Taliban fighter says it should be “burned”.
Responding to the incident, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement that the entire cabinet of the Islamic Emirate was “saddened” by the incident.
“Surely, this incident must have hurt the sentiments of our neighboring country for which we apologies,” he said, adding that the group wanted “good relations” with Pakistan.
He stated that the officials involved in the incident were arrested and their weapons had been seized. He said that they will be dealt with according to the law.