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Taliban’s acting defense minister orders forces to respect general amnesty in Afghanistan

A Taliban security member holding a rifle ensures order in front of the Azizi Bank in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 4, 2021. (File photo by Reuters)

Taliban-appointed Acting Defense Minister Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob has ordered their forces to respect the general amnesty the group announced in Afghanistan following the takeover of Kabul.

The government of Afghanistan collapsed on August 15 and President Ashraf Ghani fled the country in the face of the lightning advances of the Taliban, which followed US President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw the American troops in a disastrous pullout.

On September 7, the Taliban announced the formation of a caretaker government in Afghanistan, where hunger and poverty have significantly increased since the fall of Kabul.

Yaqoob late on Thursday issued the rebuke over misconduct by some of the group’s commanders and forces in an audio message, days after the Taliban ordered that no one is allowed to take revenge on anyone in the country, Tolo news reported on Friday.

He stressed that “harassment for personal reasons won’t be tolerated.”

The acting defense minister of the caretaker cabinet further said any Taliban member who has any personal conflict should take the case to court and solve the problem there.

“As you all are aware, under the general amnesty announced in Afghanistan, no mujahid has the right to take revenge on anyone,” Yaqoob said. The Taliban calls its members ‘mujahid’ (fighter).

Yaqoob also noted that he had heard reports that the Taliban forces had killed people with whom they had personal conflicts, warning that such cases would not be tolerated.

His comments came after a number of families of former security personnel alleged that some members of their families had been imprisoned by the Taliban. They said their family members were still being detained, urging the Taliban to release them.

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