With the national and international media focused on Kabul, particularly on the desperate scenes at the airport, there were few details of how the statue in Bamiyan was destroyed last week.
Many activists and politicians in the Hazara heartland of Bamiyan have switched off their mobile phones following numerous reports of Taliban surveillance and house searches.
An Amnesty International report released Friday of a Taliban massacre of nine Hazara men in the eastern Ghazni province from July 4 to July 6 has further undermined the Taliban's claims that they have changed.
The community's two major leaders, former Afghan vice president Karim Khalili and Mohammad Mohaqiq, were part of a delegation of senior Afghan politicians who were in Pakistan when the Taliban suddenly took control of Kabul.
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