Taliban make themselves at house in Dostum’s mansion


KABUL:

Taliban fighters have taken over the glitzy Kabul mansion of one in all their fiercest enemies — the warlord and fugitive ex-vice president Abdul Rashid Dostum.

Now within the arms of rank and file Taliban fighters, the opulent villa has given the Taliban fighters a peek into the lives of Afghanistan’s former rulers, and so they say the posh is the proceeds of years of endemic corruption.

Alongside an countless hall with a thick apple-green carpet, a younger fighter sleeps slumped on a settee, his Kalashnikov rifle resting towards him, as unique fish glide above him in one in all seven big tanks.

The fighter is a part of the private safety element of Qari Salahuddin Ayoubi — one of many new regime’s strongest commanders — who put in his firm of 150 males within the mansion on August 15, the day Kabul fell.

Qari Salahuddin Ayoubi, one of the Taliban's military commanders, has installed his company of 150 men in the mansion

The luxurious AFP noticed on a tour of the mansion could be unimaginable for many abnormal Afghans.

Large glass chandeliers hold in cavernous halls, giant delicate sofas furnish a maze of lounges and an indoor swimming pool is completed with intricate turquoise tiles.

It even boasts a sauna, a Turkish steam bathtub and a totally outfitted health club.

It’s an improbable expertise for the brand new rulers, who for years sacrificed creature comforts for riot — residing on their wits within the plains, valleys and mountains of rural Afghanistan.

In the mansion, huge glass chandeliers hang in cavernous halls, large soft sofas populate a maze of lounges and there is even an indoor swimming pool

However the brand new head of the family — now the army commander of 4 provinces — makes it clear his males won’t get used to the posh.

“Islam by no means desires us to have an opulent life,” Ayoubi informed AFP, including luxurious is available in paradise, “the life after demise”.

‘The thieves’ quarter’

The mansion’s proprietor, Dostum, is a infamous determine woven into the material of Afghanistan’s current historical past.

A former paratrooper, communist commander, warlord and vp, he was the very definition of a crafty political survivor who weathered over 4 many years of battle in war-torn Afghanistan.

Regardless of a collection of battle crimes linked to Dostum’s forces, the previous Afghan authorities hoped his army acumen and seething hatred of the Taliban would assist them survive.

However his stronghold was overrun and the greying 67-year-old fled throughout the border to Uzbekistan.

Dostum is extensively suspected to have massively profited from the corruption and embezzlement that discredited the previous authorities.

In one wing of the enormous house is a massive tropical greenhouse of several hundred square metres under a huge glass roof

A number of officers illegally took land to construct luxurious mansions in a single neighbourhood, incomes it the nickname “Thieves’ Quarter” amongst locals.

In a single wing of the large home, Taliban fighters relaxed in a large tropical greenhouse of a number of hundred sq. metres beneath an enormous glass roof.

That’s missed by a mezzanine dominated by a darkish wooden bar — a testomony to the reported decadent tastes of a common famend for a penchant for late nights and robust liquor.

The Taliban have good purpose to hate Dostum.

In 2001, he was accused of killing greater than 2,000 fighters — locking many in containers in the midst of the desert the place they suffocated beneath a scorching solar.

However Commander Ayoubi rejected any want for revenge.

“If different individuals who had been oppressed like us got here right here, you wouldn’t have seen the chairs and tables. They could have destroyed them,” he stated.

However the brand new regime won’t enable such luxurious to be constructed with ill-gotten good points sooner or later, he stated.

“We’re on the aspect of the poor,” he says, as dozens of holiday makers wait patiently within the hall, idly watching the detached fish.

 

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