A PAS leader congratulated the newly-established Taliban-led government of Afghanistan for “successfully achieving victory” for their country, only to delete his tweet after being scolded by netizens
On Twitter, PAS international affairs and external relations committee chairman Muhammad Khalil Abdul Hadi said the Taliban had successfully freed their homeland from “the clutches of colonialism”.
While the tweet has been deleted, his original statement can still be found on Harakah Daily.
“The victory and ‘independence’ achieved this time is the result of the efforts of all Afghans in an effort to liberate their homeland which for 20 years has been colonised and invaded without mercy and humanity that almost destroyed Afghanistan,” he said.
Khalil, who is also Batu Buruk assemblyman and son of party president Abdul Hadi Awang said with the victory, he hoped that all stakeholders would work together and reach an agreement to put Afghanistan back on track.
“May the new government of Afghanistan and its people work together to develop the country and achieve prosperity, peace, and progress after this based on the sharia and comprehensive Islamic values,” he added.
Human rights activist Michelle Yesudas was among netizens who hit out at Khalil for his remarks, calling for the MP who becomes the interim prime minister to reprimand PAS over the matter.
“Whoever becomes the ninth prime minister, just please reprimand PAS and don’t let them be part of your Cabinet. Your administration will pay for pandering to the Taliban,” she said in a Twitter post.
Twitter user @azmirliberty took a jibe at the PAS leader for deleting his tweets, saying that it was a typical PAS move.
Another netizen, @rafieedruce, expressed little surprise with Khalid’s posting, strongly hitting out at the Islamist party for the statement.
“Of course PAS will celebrate the desecration of women’s rights and the killing of non-cis-hetero people. Disgusting people, and a disgusting political party. Rotten to the core,” he said.
On Sunday, President Ashraf Ghani fled Afghanistan after Taliban fighters entered the capital of Kabul, capping their return to power two decades after being forced out by US-led forces.
Many Afghans fear the Taliban will return to past harsh practices in their imposition of Sharia, or Islamic law. During their 1996-2001 rule, women were not allowed to work and punishments such as stoning, whipping, and hanging were administered.
However, this time around, the Taliban has sought to project a more moderate face, promising to respect women’s rights and protect both foreigners and Afghans. – FMT