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Taliban detain four officials for removing Pakistani flags

According to Afghan media sources, the Taliban claimed on Wednesday that they had detained four border guards for removing the Pakistani flag off assistance vehicles near the Torkham border crossing in Afghanistan.

Earlier in the day, a video showing Taliban officials taking down a Pakistan flag that had been placed to the side of an aid vehicle went viral on social media. The incident occurred on Sunday afternoon.

Efforts were made by the Pakistani government to assist Afghanistan’s government in addressing the humanitarian crisis, which resulted in the shipment of 17 aid trucks carrying 278 metric tonnes of edible items. These included 65 tonnes of sugar, three tonnes of pulses, 190 tonnes of flour, 11 tonnes of cooking oil, and 31 metric tonnes of rice. An official statement from Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid stated that the act had “saddened” the whole cabinet of the Islamic Emirate, according to the statement.

“This occurrence, without a doubt, may have offended the sensibilities of our neighbouring countries, for which we express our regret,” he stated. In a statement, the Taliban stated that they desired “excellent relations” with Pakistan.

According to him, “officials involved in the incidents have been apprehended and their guns have been confiscated,” and they will be dealt with in accordance with the law. Following the removal of the Pakistani flag from one of 17 aid trucks that transported relief supplies to Afghanistan through the Torkham border crossing earlier on Tuesday, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the removal of the Pakistani flag from one of the 17 aid trucks was “regrettable,” adding that those responsible for such actions have been ordered arrested and their weapons seized.

All of the Taliban officials have voiced their regret in the matter, according to Mujahid, who also stated that they were all “saddened” to find that anything like this was taking place in reaction to relief trucks being provided. “We will put a stop to such instances in the future,” he continued, adding that

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