Islamabad, August 11
Ahead of an upcoming launch of Taliban detainees held in Afghan prisons, the rebel group warned the federal government in Kabul on Tuesday in opposition to any assaults on these launched, saying such incidents would jeopardise the peace talks.
A Taliban spokesman advised The Associated Press there have been a minimum of 11 such assaults previously a number of months — cases when freed Taliban figures had been killed, harassed and re-arrested by authorities forces.
Kabul officers denied unwarranted assaults on freed Taliban. The prisoner launch is a part of a deal the insurgents signed with the United States earlier this yr. A remaining 400 Taliban prisoners stay in authorities prisons.
Over the weekend in Kabul, an Afghan conventional council, generally known as the Loya Jirga, agreed to free the ultimate 400 imprisoned Taliban, paving the way in which for an early begin to negotiations between Afghanistan’s warring sides.
The council agreed to an “immediate” launch of Taliban prisoners however by Tuesday, they’d not been freed. Negotiations between Kabul’s political management and the Taliban are anticipated to start inside weeks — and can be held within the Mideast state of Qatar, the place the Taliban keep a political workplace. The Taliban stated the talks may start inside every week of the ultimate prisoner releases.
Taliban political spokesman Suhail Shaheen warned that assaults on newly freed prisoners will drive them again to the battlefield regardless of orders from their leaders “to stay at home, with their families”.
Attacks on their properties will “make it impossible for them to stay in their homes,” Shaheen stated.
“Such incidents have happened that they have been re-arrested and also killed.”
In current months, either side have freed prisoners according to the deal the Taliban signed with Washington on February 29 to convey an finish to many years of battle.
The authorities was to free 5,000 — and has already launched all however the final 400. The Taliban freed the 1,000 members of the federal government forces and Afghan officers they’d held captive.
Shaheen stated the Taliban could be prepared “within one week to sit at the negotiating table” with Kabul’s political management to first negotiate a cease-fire after which begin the advanced talks to determine the highway map of a post-war Afghanistan.
But he stated the second is important.
For some it compares after the 9/11 assaults, when the 2001 US-led invasion toppled the Taliban in who had harboured al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden.
Then tens of 1000’s of Taliban who gave up arms to return to their properties on the time had been focused by Afghan teams and warlords they’d as soon as fought searching for revenge.
In December 2001, a convoy of Afghan elders, together with former Taliban, had been focused en path to welcome US-backed President Hamid Karzai. Many who survived that assault later rejoined the Taliban.
In southern Zabul province, greater than 2,000 ethnic Pashtuns, the spine of the Taliban motion, tried to hitch the newly fashioned Afghan military in 2002, solely to be humiliated by Kabul authorities forces. Most rejoined the Taliban.
“After 2001, when some former Taliban attempted to join the ‘new order,’ they were persecuted and humiliated. And some who were just from Taliban areas were accused of being supporters and attacked and driven out of their land,” stated Patricia Gossman, Associate Asia director of the Human Rights Watch.
“Many eventually joined the insurgency.”
Gossman stated except a method is devised and a system put in place there’s a hazard that assaults on the tens of 1000’s of former fighters on either side of the battle may unravel a fragile peace course of.
“Given the enormous amount of mistrust … old grievances can easily erupt into more violence,” she stated.
Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, has denied that any launched Taliban had been arrested or attacked with out trigger.
However, final month a authorities air strike in western Herat killed 14 individuals when a whole lot of elders had gathered to greet a returning Taliban determine newly free of jail. AP