Taliban accuses Afghan government of re-arresting freed prisoners

Komal FatimaWeb Editor

27th Jul, 2020. 11:57 am
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Taliban has accused Afghan security forces of re-arresting prisoners who had been released amid peace talks.

The government has released more than 4,000 Taliban members whereas the Taliban had released 700 prisoners under peace talks.

Taliban spokesperson at Doha office tweeted on Saturday that the Afghan intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Intelligence had carried out surprise operations against the released prisoners.

He warned that the administration in Kabul would “bear responsibility for the consequences” if the alleged arrest did not stop.

“They are incessantly raided, detained and put behind the bar by NDS of the Kabul (administration),”

However, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s National Security Council Adviser, Javid Faisal said on Sunday that numerous prisoners have returned to the battlefields.

Faisal also rejected the Taliban’s allegation of detentions. He said that the claim was “incorrect”.

“It’s their way of sabotaging the peace efforts and the peace talks that should start,” he said.

Earlier, taliban leader has reshuffled his team of negotiators before peace talks with the Afghan government. Four close aides have been added to the group.

A Taliban commander said that Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada made his appointments to strengthen his control over the team.

According to details, the aids are all members of the militant group’s leadership council, which should support the team to make decisions fast.

The four new negotiators are Taliban chief justice Sheikh Abdul Hakeem, Maulvi Saqib, former chief justice during the Taliban’s rule in the 1990s, Mullah Shireen, a close aide and bodyguard of the late Taliban founder Mullah Omar, and Maulvi Abdul Kabir, former governor of Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province.

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