The Afghan Taliban officially rename Afghanistan as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. The Spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Zabihullah Mujahid broke the news through his Twitter account.
“Declaration of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan on the occasion of the 102nd anniversary of the country’s independence from British rule,” Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted.
Earlier, the Taliban shook the world with sweeping gains in Afghanistan. Over the weekend, the Taliban took control of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, officially declaring their rule.
With a bid to establish the Shariah law in Afghanistan, the Taliban are making changes within the country. In this regard, they changed the name of Afghanistan, declaring it as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
— Zabihullah (..ذبـــــیح الله م ) (@Zabehulah_M33) August 19, 2021
Taliban to change Afghanistan’s flag?
According to reports, the Taliban are also changing the current flag of Afghanistan. Before the Taliban, Afghanistan’s flag portrayed three colors with an emblem of a mosque; black for the past, red representing the bloodshed for freedom, and green, prosperity.
However, the Taliban declared a new flag for Afghanistan. The new flag is completely white with the First Kalima written over it. The Taliban has been using their flag since 1997.
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As a result, many protests broke out in Afghanistan.
Videos posted on August 18, show Afghans protesting against the Taliban flag in several cities. Protests broke out in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, and Asadabad, the capital of Kunar province, also in the east.
In these videos, Afghans march through the streets of Jalalabad holding the national flag, chanting and cheering.
Residents in Jalalabad took down the Taliban flag and replaced it with red, black and green flag. pic.twitter.com/AEQA8gjG3u
— BILAL SARWARY (@bsarwary) August 18, 2021
After the fall of the Taliban’s first regime, the country adopted the most recent version of the Afghan national flag in 2002. Afghanistan has used some form of the black, red, and green flag since 1928, except during the Taliban rule from 1996 to 2001.
However, with the Taliban back in power, they are using their own flag.
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