Taliban denies taking life of Afghan comedian Khasha Zwan

With the US pulling out from Afghanistan by September, the security situation in the country has deteriorated. Taliban had intensified attack against the Afghan security forces claiming that it has captured almost 70 per cent of the country.

In a shocking video that emerged in social media shows Afghanistan’s popular comedian Nazar Mohammad, better known as Khasha Zwan, being slapped and harassed at gun point just ahead of his killing by ‘unknown’ gunmen. The killing of Khasha Zwan, in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, has sent shock waves around the world. The undated video, shared by Tajuden Soroush, a senior correspondent with Iran International on micro-blogging platform on July 27, shows one of the insurgents pointing a gun and slapping Khasha several times. As per the social media post, the video captures the last moment of the Kandahari comedian after he was “arrested” by the extremist group. In his tweet, Soroush mentioned that the comedian has been killed by Taliban. According to media reports, the popular comediam who has worked in the Kandahar Police was forcefully taken out of his home on Thursday night and killed by unidentified gunmen. While the family of the comedian blamed the Taliban for the attack, the radical Islamist group denied any role in the attack.

Meanwhile, the Afghan Interior Ministry said the Taliban killed some 100 civilians last week at Spin Boldak near the Pakistani border. “Afghan security forces will soon take revenge on these wild terrorists,” Interior Ministry spokesman Mirwais Stanekzai posted on Twitter.