"It is different from an American soldier going and killing children, or Americans burning holy Qurans. These issues and the suicide bombers are completely different," said Hafiz Mansour, a member of parliament from the northern province of Panjshir. "I don't think there will be big protests."
The photos were mentioned on the evening newscasts of several broadcasters, but not everyone in Afghanistan owns a television and very few have access to the Internet. There are no newspapers published on Thursday and Friday, the Afghan weekend.
Mohammad Naim Lalai Hamidzai, a parliamentarian from southern Kandahar, said protests would only erupt if there was an organized attempt to generate them.
"Otherwise the people of Afghanistan remember the killing of innocent people by suicide bombers and people do not have a good image of these suicide bombers," Hamidzai said. "The burning of Qurans and the killing of children create emotions in people, but there is no sympathy for suicide bombers who kill innocent people."
Last December, a bomber detonated his explosives-filled vest at the entrance of a mosque in the capital, Kabul, killing 80 worshippers during the Shiite Muslim rituals of Ashoura. It was the single deadliest suicide attack since 2008.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid condemned the pictures as disrespectful. In an email, he condemned both the U.S. soldiers who took the pictures and the Afghan police who also featured in them.
"We strongly condemn these occupiers and their puppets who are without culture, who are brutal and inhuman," Mujahid said.