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Taliban collect smartphones from Ghazni residents

Taliban collect smartphones from Ghazni residents

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Dec 04, 2016 - 00:02

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Talibaninfo-icon militants have collected smartphones that played music and video songs from local residents in Qarah Bagh district of southern Ghazni province.

Alam Khan, a resident of Mirakhan area of the district, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Taliban had collected mobile phones from people in their area.

“Phones in which songs are uploaded have been collected by Taliban from people. Taliban stop each person and check his mobile.”

Another resident, Rahmatullah Khan, said most residents of Qarah Bagh district kept simple mobile phones that did not play videos.

“People use mobiles to talk to their relatives and friends who are abroad. But Taliban don’t allow the phone.”

Khan said there might be some people who used cell phones only to play music and watch videos, but most residents used mobile phones to resolve problems.

Several other residents held similar views.

Syed Alam, a resident of Sulimankhel area in Deh Yak district, said Taliban had long banned the use of large screen mobile phones which they believed ‘misguided’ the youth.

A tribal elder in Ghazni City, the provincial capital, Haji Noorullah, told Pajhwok that mobile phone was a need in today’s worldinfo-icon and no one should prevent its use.

“Everyone doing this is not right. To me, it is an insult to people,” the elder said of Taliban’s ban on cell phone. He urged security departments to take early action about the matter.

Ghazni police spokesman Fahim Amarkhel confirmed the issue and said: “We have also received this information, but I would say Taliban had never done service to the people.”

He said people should not keep mum over the Taliban’s move and raise their voice against it. He said security forces were trying to address the issue.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said local Taliban officials had not yet confirmed the issue, but said the insurgents had banned uploading porn films in mobile phones.

He warned everyone found with such films in their phones would be awarded harsher punishment.

Ghazni is among Afghanistaninfo-icon’s insecure provinces. The Taliban have been in control of Ghazni’s Nawa district over the past 11 years.

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