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Laal Kabul Diary

Known for its revolutionary songs and radical politics, Laal a Pakistani music band toured Kabul in June 2013, on the invitation of the left-wing Solidarity Party of Afghanistan. In his diary Taimur Rehman, its lead vocalist, recounts the horror of seeing the city underthe North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) occupation, the hostile attitude of the Afghans towards Pakistanis, and his surprise at the thriving rock music scene in small enclaves in the city.

June 22

An Optimistic Start Laal's trip to Kabul started on a buoyant and an optimistic note. The questions that were top most in my mind were to find out about peoples’ reaction to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) occupation and the Taliban, and their attitude towards Pakistan. As a researcher, I was already aware that my own opinions were shaped by my own experiences as a Pakistani, and I had to make an effort to see things from the point of view of the Afghans. And secondly that I would only be meeting a small cross-section of people who belonged to interconnected social circles in Kabul. Hence, it would be wise not to make any generalisations about all of Afghanistan based on these experiences. June 24

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