D.he Taliban won the war. Now they are faced with a task that is likely to be even more difficult: to rule a state that fell into their lap almost overnight. They seem to be aware that they cannot do this on their own. They left the mayor of Kabul in office. The Minister of Health too. The two politicians are likely to wonder what will happen to them when the Islamists no longer need their services. “The Taliban know that they have weaknesses in some of the more complex administrative tasks,” says Ibraheem Bahiss, who works for the International Crisis Group think tank.
In contrast, they have already installed their own people in the judiciary and security apparatus. Bahiss believes that the judiciary is one of the Taliban’s strengths with which it can score points with the population. Your conflict resolution is “brutal, repressive, but also quick and easy”. This has been observed in the past few years in those rural regions that have long been under the control of the Taliban. In the courts of the overthrown Afghan government, however, the trials lasted forever, and in the end those who had paid the most bribes often won.