Saturday 13 August 2022 12:13 PM Taliban take to pedalos with their families as they celebrate a year ruling ... trends now

Saturday 13 August 2022 12:13 PM Taliban take to pedalos with their families as they celebrate a year ruling ... trends now
Saturday 13 August 2022 12:13 PM Taliban take to pedalos with their families as they celebrate a year ruling ... trends now

Saturday 13 August 2022 12:13 PM Taliban take to pedalos with their families as they celebrate a year ruling ... trends now

A year on from seizing control in Afghanistan, pictures of Taliban fighters riding pedalos with their families in celebration have emerged. 

The images, taken at one of the lakes in Band-e-Amir national Park, a popular weekend destination in the country, show members of the Taliban enjoying the sunshine as a rally gathered in the capital. 

Pictures show them gathered on the boats, some holding weapons, smiling and chatting amongst themselves at the lake, which has been described as Afghanistan's Grand Canyon and attracts thousands of tourists a year. 

Some were seen jumping into the cooling water amid soaring temperatures of 40c and above.  

A rare rally gathered on Saturday (August 13) just days before the one year anniversary of hardline Islamists' take over, which saw around 40 women march in front of the education ministry building in Kabul. 

The images were taken at one of the lakes in Band-e-Amir national Park, a popular weekend destination in the country, a year on from the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan

The images were taken at one of the lakes in Band-e-Amir national Park, a popular weekend destination in the country, a year on from the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan 

Members of the group visited the popular destination with members of their own families to celebrate a year of being back in power

Members of the group visited the popular destination with members of their own families to celebrate a year of being back in power 

They were seen on board the boats with others holding weapons, smiling and chatting with each other while enjoying the sites on the lake

They were seen on board the boats with others holding weapons, smiling and chatting with each other while enjoying the sites on the lake 

This image appears to show a British Army SA80 assault rifle in the hands of a Taliban gunman as he watches the pedalos on the lake

This image appears to show a British Army SA80 assault rifle in the hands of a Taliban gunman as he watches the pedalos on the lake 

Since the Taliban take over, the country's economy has collapsed and most art, culture and pastimes have been formally banned

Since the Taliban take over, the country's economy has collapsed and most art, culture and pastimes have been formally banned 

Band-e-Amir, the first national park in the country which was established in 2006, is a chain of six lakes in the mountainous desert of central Afghanistan

Band-e-Amir, the first national park in the country which was established in 2006, is a chain of six lakes in the mountainous desert of central Afghanistan

Members of the Taliban could be seen sitting at the side of the lake watching their families enjoy the pedalos

Members of the Taliban could be seen sitting at the side of the lake watching their families enjoy the pedalos 

Many people gathered at the lakes to enjoy the good weather as a rally descended on the capital Kabul amid soaring temperatures

Many people gathered at the lakes to enjoy the good weather as a rally descended on the capital Kabul amid soaring temperatures 

Some were seen jumping into the blue waters of the lakes, which draws thousands of tourists to the spot every year

Some were seen jumping into the blue waters of the lakes, which draws thousands of tourists to the spot every year 

They were chanting 'bread, work and freedom' and carrying a banner which read 'August 15 is a black day' before being dispersed by Taliban fighters who shot guns into the air. 

Some protesters, who were demanding rights to work and political participation, took refuge in nearby shops and were chased and beaten by Taliban fights with their rifle butts, according to reports. 

Many women were not wearing face veils and chanted, 'Justice, justice. We're fed up with ignorance.' 

One of the organisers of the march said Taliban fights tore their banners and confiscated phones as they dispersed the rally. 

'Unfortunately, the Taliban from the intelligence service came and fired in the air, Zholia Parsi said. 

'They dispersed the girls, tore our banners and confiscated the mobile phones of many girls.' 

According to reports, some journalists

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