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Afghanistan: Pain, Fear & Panic Amongst Afghans, Says Ex-Afghan Official, As Taliban Takes Full Charge

Mid-August, Afghanistan began afresh a violent new chapter with the return of the Taliban. Thousands of Afghans have now fled their country fearing for their lives, reprisals and revenge attacks even as the Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, offered amnesty to Afghans, including government officials, in the group’s first press conference. But many of those who could not make their escape and are stuck in country, do not trust the words of Taliban, as reports of revenge attacks come from ground. Ahmed Khan, not his real name, returned to Kabul in April last year to begin a promising career as a high-ranking official in the former government. That dream now lies in tatters. Since the Taliban takeover, he has been hopping from one secret location to another, on constant move to protect his whereabouts because he does not trust the Taliban of keeping its word. From an undisclosed location in the Afghan capital, Khan spoke to Outlook about his plight and the despondency in Kabul

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