Old Taliban vs New Taliban | What is the difference between this Taliban and that Taliban? Old taliban vs new taliban: is there any difference between them?
What is the difference between this Taliban and that Taliban? Captain of Air India’s IC 814 flight taken to Kandahar kidnapped  |  Photo Credits: BCCL
- Air India flight IC 814 was hijacked by Pakistani terrorists
- They took it to Kandahar, Afghanistan, where Taliban fighters surrounded the plane.
- The Taliban was then in the role of a mediator between the Indian government and the Pakistani terrorists.
New Delhi : After the Taliban’s occupation of Afghanistan, there is an attempt to create a new narrative, in which it is being told that the Taliban which has taken control of Afghanistan today is different from the old Taliban, who fought between 1996 and 2001 in Afghanistan. He ruled there and imposed many strict restrictions on women and men, as well as made a provision for cruel punishment for mistakes.
Old Taliban vs New Taliban
Afghanistan was ruled by the Taliban when an Indian plane full of passengers was hijacked by Pakistani terrorists and they took it to Kandahar, Afghanistan. There it was the Taliban who played the role of mediator between the Indian government and the Pakistani terrorists, in which India had to accept the condition of the release of the dreaded terrorists of Pakistan in exchange for the safe return of the passengers.
All this went on for about six days, when every moment was overshadowing not only the passengers of the flight, but also their families and the people of the country, who were holding their breath and praying for the safe passage of each next moment. Air India’s IC 814 flight number that was hijacked on December 24, 1999, was piloted by then-Captain Devi Sharan (57), who narrated the horrific experience of that time and has also tested the Taliban of today.
So is there any difference between the then Taliban in Afghanistan and the present day Taliban? Captain Sharan says, ‘I don’t think so. I don’t see any difference between the old Taliban and today’s Taliban. They are still roaming the streets of Kabul in open jeeps with rocket launchers as they did when they surrounded our plane in Kandahar.
He said, ‘If there can be any difference between the Taliban of then and the Taliban of today, it is possible in education, that too minor. It is possible that today’s Taliban are a little educated. The people who surrounded our planes in 1999 were not very civilised.
the wound that still hurts
The release of the passengers was ensured when the central government agreed to release three Pakistani terrorists – Maulana Masood Azhar, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar – and took them over to the Taliban in Kandahar. The hijackers killed one passenger while injuring several others. That wound still haunts India today.
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