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Afghanistan: Taliban forces lowered Muharram flags in Herat

Shafaqna English- Shias of Herat in western Afghanistan said that Taliban forces have lowered the flags of the Ashura mourners and arrested two mourners of Imam Hussain (AS) in connection with the installation of the flag.

A source from Herat told Bayan News that Taliban forces tore and lowered the mourners’ flags on the first night of Muharram from the Gabriel township of Herat.

The source also stated that the Taliban forces had arrested two shopkeepers who had gone to the office of the Council of Shiite Scholars in Herat due to the tearing of the flags.

Additionally, it is said that the Taliban forces initially severely beat these two shopkeepers and mourners of Imam Hussain (AS).

Taliban prevented Shias of Herat from selling Muharram flags and clothes

According to the released information, the Taliban’s “Amr-e-Bil-Maroof” (promotion of virtue) agents have also prevented street vendors in this Shia-inhabited neighborhood of Herat from selling Muharram flags and clothes.

Last year, the Taliban forces also carried out a similar action during the Muharram days in Kabul and Ghazni, which resulted in the anger and distress of the Shias.

Shias in Afghanistan call for enhanced security for Muharram

A number of Shias in Afghanistan have requested Taliban to ensure their security more than ever during the days of Muharram.

Abdul Ahmad, a resident of Kabul, told TOLOnews: “We ask the Islamic Emirate government to secure the Shia people so that the ceremonies can be held peacefully.”

Sources: Tolo News, Bayan News

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