KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A small flag store, tucked away within the courtyard of a Kabul market, has documented Afghanistan’s turbulent historical past over the a long time with its ever-changing merchandise.
Now the store is full of white Taliban flags, emblazoned with the Quran’s Muslim assertion of religion, in black Arabic lettering.
On Sunday, 4 teen-age boys leaned over white material draped on a desk illuminated by fluorescent lights and crammed the template for the Quranic verse with black ink. Completed flags had been hung over a balcony railing to dry.
The proprietor, Wahidullah Honarwer, 58, mentioned that earlier than President Ashraf Ghani fled the nation on Aug. 15, because the Taliban had been poised to take the capital of Kabul, he produced flags from all nations that had diplomatic relations with Afghanistan.
Honarwer nonetheless has these flags in inventory.
“The Taliban came visiting and noticed all these flags and mentioned nothing to us,” he mentioned, sitting behind a pc in his store. He mentioned the Taliban advised him to hold on to these flags till the state of affairs stabilizes.
Honarwer mentioned he began his enterprise when a Soviet-backed authorities was in energy within the Eighties. The Soviets withdrew in 1989 and their communist allies in 1992, adopted by the rule of warlords and civil struggle.
The Taliban dominated from 1996-2001, when a U.S.-led invasion expelled the Islamic militants. The Taliban retook management as U.S. and NATO forces withdrew from Afghanistan by the tip of August.
Honarwer says he’ll keep in Afghanistan, regardless of who’s in cost.
“I really like Afghanistan and I need to dwell right here,” he mentioned. “No matter regime comes, my enterprise is on and can proceed.”