Fall of Districts; Services are Suspended and People are in Plight
After the planned and mysterious fall of a large number of districts to the Taliban, it was speculated that the central government would liberate these districts again with careful planning. The districts did not fall to the Taliban through military domination, instead, they were evacuated of security forces and given to the group under the direct guidance of the central government. The warless fall and non-resistance of the districts to the Taliban astonished the people because they had defended their neighborhoods alongside the security forces over the years. Therefore, they could not believe that the security forces, with all their domestic and foreign equipment and support, would leave the neighborhoods and districts and leave them in the hands of the Taliban. Now, with the collapse of the districts and the plight of the local people, it seems that the government has no plans to retake these districts, at least in the short term. However, there is no sovereignty in these districts. This chaos and panic have caused everything to stop in the lost neighborhoods and areas.
In Taliban-held districts, people are at war with the group. There are no services in areas where the government retreated from and the control was taken by the Taliban. In all districts of Badakhshan, Takhar and other areas in the north of the country that are out of the control of the government, real anarchism and total disorder prevail. In these districts, neither the government nor the Taliban rule. In fact, the government has left the districts for unknown reasons, and the Taliban is not present also for unknown reasons, and does not feel responsible for what is happening in the neighborhoods. Therefore, the people are waiting for the government operation and the recapture of the districts and the resumption of public services.
Before the fall of the districts and the rule of the Taliban, foreign and domestic institutions were busy providing services to the local people. In all districts and even in most villages, the government had road and school construction projects and development, agricultural, and support programs for local people, all of which were shut down by the Taliban. Even educational centers and schools are closed and are likely to remain closed until the end of Taliban rule. School and their administrators have left the area for fear of the Taliban, and it seems that they will not be able to return to their places and areas in the near future.
Currently, one of the problems in remote villages and districts is the lack of leadership authority. In addition to the various branches and departments, or the usual bureaucracy, there were a large number of local volunteer associations and organizations, such as the Ten Villages Council, in the government, which solved many of the local problems and helped the government. Now the people do not cooperate with the Taliban because they do not consider the group worthy of leading their country. Therefore, the daily problems of the people are not taken care of.
The Taliban have not provided any services, initiative or humanitarian action to the local people since they took control of some districts. During this period, the group’s task in the districts under its control has been to collect desks, chairs, carpets, televisions, refrigerators and other appliances from government offices. The Taliban not only did not provide services to the local people, but they also paid no attention to the privacy of the people and treated them with disrespect and cruelty.
The government must feel responsible for the people of the areas controlled by the Taliban. When the Taliban do not want or cannot be present in any district, communicate with the people and have organizations and services like the government, chaos is created, as a result of which the people’s hatred of the Taliban is multiplied, in such a situation the government can regain control of the districts and resume providing services to the people. Schools must be kept open, public benefit programs must not be stopped, and the daily problems of the people must be addressed.