More than 1,000 Afghan Shia Hazaras pledged their support to the Taliban government in Afghanistan, insisting that the dark period of previous Western-backed Governments had ended with the return of the new government, Pakistan media reported.
On Thursday, the Hazara community elders gathered in Kabul alongside Taliban leaders and pledged to support the new government.
Quoting the senior Hazara leader and former lawmaker Jafar Mahdawi, who had organised the gathering, The Dawn reported that the previous Government of President Ashraf Ghani was the darkest point in the history of Afghanistan.
“Afghanistan had no independence and (foreign) embassies ruled every aspect of the Government,” he said. “Thank God, we have now passed this dark period”, the report said quoting Jafar Mahdawi.
Since the Taliban seized power in August, the new rulers have put an end to the war, stopped corruption and increased security, Mahdawi said.
However, he had called for a more inclusive Government from the Taliban and urged the new rulers to reopen schools for girls.
Taliban leader and spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, according to The Dawn report, told the gathering that rebuilding the country was a priority.
“Our jihad against the foreign invaders has ended and now we will start jihad for building the country,” he said.