Afghan authorities on Wednesday said that at least six tribal elders were arrested for acting as go-betweens in agreements that led to government forces leaving their posts to the Taliban in various parts of Badghis province.
Hessamuddin Shams, the governor of Badghis province, said that the tribal elders played a key role in paving the way for dozens of soldiers to leave their posts.
“We have arrested at least six influential people who were involved in mediating between the security forces and the Taliban to evacuate their bases,” said Shams.
Meanwhile, local officials in Badghis have also said that at least 50 soldiers who made agreements with the Taliban to leave have returned to their bases.
This comes days after authorities warned that those who mediate between the security forces and the Taliban will be arrested.
“This is a very bad tradition in Afghanistan that needs to be prevented ... the people come and ask the security forces to surrender to the Taliban, these people should face the law,” said MP Ziauddin Akazi.
“The government maintains the right to take action against every person who is involved in disrupting the system,” said civil society activist Junaidullah Ashkani.
Recently several soldiers surrendered to the Taliban without any resistance. Jond is a district in Badghis that has been under siege by the Taliban for more than a decade. Jond fell to the Taliban a few days ago.