Chaos has ensued in Kabul, the Afghan capital, as people fearful of the Taliban desperately seek to leave the country after its fighters captured the city last Sunday.
Externally, the Taliban, who believe in extreme Islamic doctrine, said they were not seeking “revenge on anyone” and wanted “no internal or external enemies”.
They also said they would respect women’s rights “within the framework of Islamic law”.
But at the same time, it is claimed that barbarities have started to take place in the southern province of Kandahar, the Daily Star reported.
Taliban fighters appear to be throwing bodies into mass graves in footage obtained by the Daily Star.
He also reports that the Taliban attack all those they consider to be “traitors” and include those associated with the Afghan government, soldiers, NATO, NGOs and journalists.
David Otto, anti-terrorism and organized crime expert at Global Risk International, told the Daily Star: “This is a terrorist tactic known to the Taliban to generate fear and little resistance from the forces. state, especially for an insurgency group that intends to control strategic locations in a large, contested country.
“The Taliban understand that cruel news spreads faster. As soon as other districts get information about how the Taliban is dealing with captured state forces, the level of resistance in subsequent districts declines.
“These arbitrary arrests, intimidation and mass murder tactics are what prompted many Afghan security forces to flee to neighboring states or to surrender and hand over their weapons to the Taliban without offering any resistance. “
There are fears that Afghan government officials will be killed and opponents of the Taliban rounded up.
Mr Otto continued: “If the Taliban are isolated, it can be even more dangerous to international peace and security now that they have access to and possess trillions of dollars of military personnel and equipment trained by the American coalition.
“With this power and these resources, nothing will stop the Taliban from providing training and other support to terrorist groups like al-Qaeda. “
Meanwhile, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the organization had received “testimonies of growing human rights violations against women and girls in Afghanistan.”
He added: “We cannot and must not abandon the Afghan people.