It’s a image of the second of transition they discover themselves in: As soon as warriors embedded in Afghanistan‘s rugged mountains, now they’re an city police power.
However change is all the time an adjustment.
Within the Afghan capital of Kabul, crime was rampant beneath the earlier authorities of Ashraf Ghani. Robberies and kidnappings have been a close to day by day incidence and the judicial course of time-consuming and costly.
By successful the nation after twenty years of conflict with the Aug. 15 seizure of Kabul, the Taliban additionally inherited a metropolis marked by lawlessness.
Instantly they set to work, making their presence recognized in day by day avenue patrols. Some have executed away with the everyday AK-47 rifles, for US-made M16s left behind by Afghan forces.
They halt avenue fights, summon suspected criminals to police stations and chase those that don’t heed their name.
In Kabul’s police district 8, there’s a lengthy queue main to 2 rooms. In a single, there are prison circumstances. In one other, civilian disputes. Victims of stabbings, theft and different misdeeds sit in the identical room as alleged perpetrators, staring into the gap till it is their flip to plead their case.
For lesser crimes, Taliban police supply the accused three days to point out as much as the station. After that, they go after them.
The courtroom system is a piece in progress, officers mentioned. Conferences are nonetheless underway between Taliban officers — used to tribal justice prevalent in rural Afghanistan — to work out the method in a sprawling metropolis with an lively judiciary.
Even those that worry them within the embattled metropolis welcome the peace their arrival has wrought.
The Taliban have empowered native elders to cross judgement primarily based on Shariah, or Islamic regulation, for minor prison circumstances. Within the Sheikh Zayed Metropolis residential space of Kabul, a committee of elders ordered the daddy of a person accused of stabbing a neighbor to pay 35,000 Afghanis, round $400.
The daddy counts the banknotes in a fast shuffle and palms it to the imam, who gives it to the household of the sufferer. They embrace. Justice served.