Taliban fighters ruling over Afghanistan have been told not to carry their weapons when visiting amusement parks and funfairs. They have also been asked to change into civilian clothing.
The move comes after the internet was flooded in September with videos and pictures of arms-toting Taliban fighters at leisure facilities and parks around the country following the group’s takeover the preceding month on pedal boats and bumper cars, or grabbing an ice cream while laying their rifles down for a moment.
“Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate are not allowed to enter amusement parks with weapons, military uniforms and vehicles,” Taliban spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid, said on Twitter. “[They] are obliged to abide by all the rules and regulations of amusement parks.”
Since returning to power, they have attempted to persuade fellow Afghans and the rest of the world that they have become more moderate in what is widely seen as a bid to regain access to international financial support amid a growing humanitarian crisis.
After years of conflict in the poverty-stricken country and the current dire economic situation, many Afghans see its amusement parks as a way to get away from everyday problems.