150 Taliban fighters live in the former vice president’s mansion

Afghanistan150 Taliban members move into the lavish mansion of former Afghan president Dostum, who left the country before the fall of the old government.

“This is my first time seeing such a place, even though I live in the city. Politicians, the rich and powerful have built houses like this with the blood of the people,” Jawad Abuzar, one of 150 Taliban fighters living in the mansion of former Afghan vice president Abdul Rashid Dostum, said.

In the documentary published over the weekend by the New York Times, Abuzar led people on a tour of Dostum’s mansion, with its indoor swimming pool, gym, sauna and games room.

150 Taliban fighters live in the mansion of the former vice president of Afghanistan

Taliban members introduce the lavish mansion of former Afghan vice president Abdul Rashid Dostum on September 11. Video: New York Times.

Former Afghan vice president Dostum is said to have fled the country to Uzbekistan in early August, before the Taliban entered the capital Kabul and took control of the country on August 15.

The lavish sight of former vice president Dostum’s mansion was unthinkable not only for members of the Taliban, who had previously spent time in the mountains, but was overwhelming for most Afghans. normal.

However, the Taliban fighters who are arranged to live in the mansion insist that members of the force will not be used to such luxury.

“Islam never wanted us to live a life of luxury,” said one Taliban member, adding that the new government did not allow such lavish places to be built using illicit revenues.

Taliban fighters inside the residence of former Afghan vice president Abdul Rashid Dostum on September 11.  Photo: AFP.

Taliban fighters inside the residence of former Afghan vice president Abdul Rashid Dostum on September 11. Photo: AFP.

The Taliban on September 7 announced a new all-male government, led by Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund as interim prime minister. The force’s longtime leaders have also been appointed to the positions of deputy prime minister, defense minister, foreign minister and interim interior minister.

Ngoc Anh (Follow AFP)

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