Taliban admitted the killing of comic Khasha this week. This raises the spectre of revenge killings as the US troops enter the final stages of their withdrawal from Afghanistan.
A video of two men slapping and abusing Nazar Mohammad circulated widely on social media. The comedian is better known as Khasha Zwan.
Then he was killed later, shot multiple times. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has acknowledged that the two men were Taliban.
These men have been arrested and will be tried, Mujahid said. He also alleges that the comic Khasha from the southern part of Kandahar was also a member of the Afghan National Police. Also, he had been implicated in the torture and killing of the Taliban.
As per Mujahid, the Taliban should have arrested Khasha and brought him before a Taliban court, instead of killing him.
As per reports, Khasha was abducted on 22 July. He was dragged out of his house by unidentified gunmen and then tied to a tree. Later, his body was found with his throat slit.
There has been a fear lurking in the country of revenge killings. This apparently has driven as many as 18,000 Afghans who worked for the U.S. military to apply for Special Immigration Visas to the US.