A senior military official of the former government was detained by the Islamic Emirate, his family claimed on Tuesday.
Adam Khan Matin served as a deputy commander of the 2017 Pamir Corps in northern Kunduz province under the previous government. According to his relatives, the Islamic Emirate forces broke into Matin’s home on Friday in PD 12 of Kabul.
According to Matin’s relatives, he was taken to an unknown location.
“They came here and said, 'we have information that you have vehicles and weapons with you.' After they received the (weapons and vehicle), they gave us a letter. They came again and took us to the police district and said that the letter was not stamped” said Omid Matin, the son of the former military officer.
The family expressed frustration over the arrest of Matin and said that it was not in line with the general amnesty announced by the Islamic Emirate.
“Since they announced the general amnesty they should not detain people and they should let the people live a calm life,” said Ziba, Matin’s wife.
“It is in against the pledge of general amnesty. Why do they arrest people without any reason?” asked Ghulam Dastagir, a relative of Matin.
The Islamic Emirate said that an investigation is underway.
“Whoever violates the general amnesty, they will be found and punished,” said Aqel Ozam.
Matin’s arrest comes amid other allegations that the Islamic Emirate is detaining former military officials.
The US, European Union and 20 other countries in a joint statement on Saturday expressed their concerns over the “summary killings and enforced disappearance” in Afghanistan reported by the Human Rights Watch HRW.
The countries said that they are concerned by the findings of the HRW report about the alleged killings and disappearances of former members of the Afghan security forces.
“We underline that the alleged actions constitute serious human rights abuses and contradict the Taliban’s announced amnesty,” the statement reads.
In late November, HRW in a report said “more than 100 Afghan former security members" in the four provinces of Kandahar, Helmand, Ghazni and Kunduz were “killed or disappeared” in less than three months since the collapse of the former government.
“The Taliban leadership’s promised amnesty has not stopped local commanders from summarily executing or disappearing former Afghan security force members,” said Patricia Gossman, associate Asia director of the Human Rights Watch. “The burden is on the Taliban to prevent further killings, hold those responsible to account, and compensate the victims’ families.”
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