Taliban spokesman has unveiled pictures of first graduated Taliban Badri 313 Battalion. For years, The Taliban has been portrayed as a militant group ready to plunder the villages, towns and states. And for years, we have been listening about The Taliban, not from the Taliban. We were told that they hate women, break televisions into pieces, shut down schools and are fond of killing people. The Taliban we know from the mainstream media hate pants and force people to have beards. But now, the Taliban have found access to social media and echelons of power. They are widely using media to show the world what they really are. Now is the opportunity to clearly understand them and call a spade a spade. The way they are portraying themselves on social media is far from what we have been told about them. No, they are not a terrorist group that kills people without a second thought. They are an organized government having multiple departments and an unwritten constitution. They are not shutting down schools in the territories under their control. They have not sent packing even a single journalist in their areas. They have not sealed borders, rather they are eager to continue trade relations with other countries. They are not attacking neighboring countries and have pledged not to do so ever in the future. Their fighters are well-trained and disciplined_ more disciplined than The Afghan National Army whom the US tried to train in around two decades. Recently, they have posted photos of their Badri Battalions’ graduation ceremony.
Taliban Badri 313 Battalion can be clearly seen to be wearing pants. Their Shora( an alternative of parliament) decides all the major decisions. And they are, without a shred of doubt, willing to negotiate a peace settlement. Ergo, they are not what we were told they are. The western media, Ghani government and all minions of the west should abandon the campaign of smearing their reputation and treat them as repeatable human beings. Now, when the truth is clear from the falsehood, the question arises “whether the world is willing to call a spade a spade.”