One fighter after another, the Taliban are trading their characteristic long-sleeved garments for tight military uniforms.
It symbolizes the moment of passage that its fighters find themselves: once the fighters were trapped in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan, now they are an urban police force.
But change is always a combination.
Crime was rampant in the capital, Kabul, under the previous government of Ashraf Ghani. Robbery and kidnapping were a daily occurrence and the judicial process was time consuming and expensive.
After conquering the country – after two decades of war – with the occupation of Kabul on 15 August, the Taliban also inherited a city marked by lawlessness.
Immediately, it began to work, the presence of which is known in the daily street patrols. Some fighters have replaced ordinary AK-47 rifles with US-made M16s left by Afghan forces.
They stop street fights, call suspected criminals to the police station and chase those who do not listen to their calls.
There are long rows of two rooms in Kabul’s police district In. One has a criminal case. In the other, civil strife.
Victims of stabbings, robberies and other misdemeanors sit in the same room as alleged criminals and watch from a distance until it is their turn to sue.
For lesser offenses, Taliban police give the accused three days to appear at the station. After that, they go after them.
Officials said the court system is a work in progress. Meetings are still underway between Taliban officials – for tribal justice prevalent in rural Afghanistan – to implement the process in a wide-ranging city with an active judiciary.
Even those who fear their horrible city welcome the peace they have brought upon their arrival.
The Taliban have empowered local elders to interpret small and large criminal cases based on their interpretation of Islamic law.
In the Sheikh Zayed City residential area of Kabul, a committee of elders ordered a neighbor to pay the accused’s father about 400 400, including 35,000 afghanis, for stabbing.
The father quickly counts the shaky banknotes and hands them to the imam, who gives them to the victim’s family. They hug. Justice has been done.