Afghan households within the UK have advised Sky Information of “terrifying” studies from kinfolk of Taliban management in Afghanistan.
Abdul Bostani, from Glasgow, says he is been advised in phone calls of individuals being taken away within the night time by armed males.
He mentioned: “My household are in hiding and the tales they’re telling me are terrifying. Taliban are knocking doorways throughout the night time, taking individuals out of their properties and no person is aware of the place they’re taking them.
“They’re taking individuals’s automobiles, they’re taking individuals’s empty homes – a lot of individuals have fled, left the nation, so the homes have been taken by the Taliban.
“It’s so tough, I’m terrified to see what is going on.”
Sky Information could not independently confirm the claims.
Abdul fled Taliban management in 2001 and got here to Glasgow the place he helped to arrange Glasgow Afghan United, a soccer staff made up of refugees.
While he has lengthy since settled within the metropolis, he has quite a few members of the family nonetheless in Afghanistan, together with his mom.
He says he has a selected concern as a result of his household are of a tribe historically related to the Afghan particular forces, police and military and, as such, are seemingly targets for the Taliban.
“I’ve a whole lot of concern for my household. They escaped the warfare in Kunduz province and sought refuge in Kabul, which was a little bit bit protected in comparison with Kunduz, however they’re now trapped.
“The (particular forces) are prime targets for the Taliban as a result of the Taliban is aware of them rather well, they had been those combating Taliban in each nook of Afghanistan to pursue the mission of worldwide communities which was bringing security, safety into the nation. Now they’ve left us alone, they allow us to down they usually walked away and we’re in the course of a multitude.”
Folks gathered in Glasgow metropolis centre on Wednesday night in a present of solidarity with the individuals of Afghanistan. Organisers condemned the US and the UK for a “betrayal” of the nation.
The Taliban takeover hasn’t been universally condemned throughout the metropolis’s Afghan neighborhood, nevertheless. Waheed Totakhyl, the Chairman of the Scottish Afghan Society – a registered charity – mentioned Afghanistan was now “safer than Europe”.
Talking in a private capability, he advised Sky Information: “For a very long time, Afghan individuals have been ready for at the present time. That is the day of unbiased Afghanistan, it is freedom for everybody. Afghanistan is a pleasant and good place. Afghanistan is safer than Europe now.”
Requested why individuals had been hanging onto aeroplanes in an effort to flee Afghanistan, he replied: “Lots of – 200 or 500 individuals – they listened to the American and Canada information, they mentioned ‘we take 30,000 Afghans to Canada’ they usually mentioned ‘Oh’ they usually went to the airport.”