ALBAWABA – Trending the social media is the protest reportedly taking place today outside of the Pakistani Embassy in Tehran, one of the countries to which an influx of Afghans have sought refuge ever since the Taliban started taking over territories in Afghanistan last month.
Sep. 7 - #Tehran - #Iran— Mitra Motamed (@MitraMotamed) September 7, 2021
Afghan nationals in Tehran gathered outside Pakistan's Embassy to protest against Pakistan's interference in #Afghanistan.
"Down with the Taliban!" "Down with Pakistan!" they chant.#panjsherresistance pic.twitter.com/V3qJbuYzFM
According to videos that have spread on social media networks, protestors can be seen, both men and women, as they chanted several slogans against the Taliban. Local journalists have reported that such protests have erupted in the wake of the Panjshir fall in the hands of the Taliban.
Even though the Taliban has recaptured most of Afghanistan and its capital city on the 16th of August 2021, militants who are opposed to the group continued to fight around the Panjshir region, which is widely considered the hardest battleground for the Taliban.
Afghan women heading towards Pakistan Embassy in Kabul chant “Support Panjshir. Death to Pakistan”. pic.twitter.com/u6LILQBt3k— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) September 7, 2021
During the Taliban's first round of rule in Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001, Panjshir was the only part of Afghanistan that the Taliban could not control. However, the group has just announced entering the area, defeating resistance fighters led by former Minister of Defense Ahmad Shah Massoud and Amrullah Saleh,
the former Vice President of Afghanistan.
Another slogan that was chanted during the Afghan protests in Tehran targeted Pakistan, for protestors believe the neighboring country is "supporting the Taliban".
Protesters gather in front of the Pakistan embassy in Tehran https://t.co/BQp4GrQJYK— 🇧️abloo (@Manum_Babloo) September 7, 2021
Current estimates report that at least 1 million Afghan refugees are residing in Iran as they flee the Taliban.
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