As Islamic terror group Taliban takes control of several provincial capitals in Afghanistan, fuelling a massive humanitarian crisis, Afghanistan cricketer Rashid Khan took to Twitter on Tuesday to appeal for peace and requested the global community not to leave his countrymen in chaos. “Dear World Leaders! My country is in chaos, thousand of innocent people, including children & women, get martyred every day, houses & properties being destructed. Thousand families displaced,” wrote leg-spinner Rashid Khan. “Don’t leave us in chaos. Stop killing Afghans & destroying Afghanistan. We want peace,” he added.
Dear World Leaders! My country is in chaos,thousand of innocent people, including children & women, get martyred everyday, houses & properties being destructed.Thousand families displaced..
Don’t leave us in chaos. Stop killing Afghans & destroying Afghaniatan🇦🇫.
We want peace.🙏
— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) August 10, 2021
Rashid Khan’s call for help from the global community
Rashid Khan’s call for help from the global community comes just as the Taliban is gaining control over large parts of Afghanistan, terrorising people and forcing Afghan people to flee to neighboring countries. As American troops withdrew from Afghanistan, the Taliban continues to tighten its grip on several provinces.
Taliban is consolidating its positions by capturing important provincial capitals
Since last week, the Taliban is consolidating its positions by capturing important provincial capitals. Meanwhile, the government has withdrawn forces from rural areas to hold off the Taliban offensive on major population centers. Taliban has captured at least six provincial capitals in recent days in the north, west and south. A U.N. official recently said that the advances made in human rights in the 20 years since the hardline Islamists were ousted from power in Afghanistan were in danger of being erased.
Mi-35 attack helicopter has been captured by the Talibani terrorists
Amidst the escalating Talibani offensive in Afghanistan, a Mi-35 attack helicopter gifted by India to the Afghan forces has been captured by the Talibani terrorists. The Russian-designed Mi-35 Hind attack gunship was seized by the Taliban after it seized control of Kunduz airport in northern Afghanistan from Afghan forces.
Taliban fighters guarding the gunship
Videos and photographs have emerged from the captured airport showing Taliban fighters guarding the gunship. However, the rotor blades and vital components of the engines of the helicopter appear to be missing. A closer examination of the video and the photo shows that the rotor blades were kept on the ground, below the helicopter.
Afghan forces removed the parts from the helicopter anticipating defeat to the Taliban forces
According to Defence analyst Joseph Dempsey, on July 14, the satellite image showed a Mi-35 attack helicopter parked at the Kunduz hangar with its rotor blades intact, but the image that was clicked yesterday, i.e August 10, showed the helicopter without its rotor blades. Therefore, it is being speculated that the Afghan forces removed the parts from the helicopter anticipating defeat to the Taliban forces.