Taliban in a statement on Monday threatened to target employees and installations of the state-owned Salaam Telecommunication Company for not taking seriously the warnings of the group and conducting “intelligence activities”.
The group has warned that installations, offices and vehicles of the company will be treated as military targets of the group and that the group will destroy the optic fiber lines and their customers will also face the consequences of using the services of Salaam telecom company.
Taliban claims that Salaam Telecommunication Company is conducting intelligence activities and provides the ground for Afghan and foreign forces operations against the group.
Acting Minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology said the activities of the company will continue and that the security of its employees will be ensured.
“The Salaam company will continue its services to the people of Afghanistan. No threat will prevent the activities of this company. Urgent measures will be taken for the security of the company’s employees,” said Mohammad Fahim Hashimi, Acting Minister of Communications and Information Technology.
Salaam operates in all provinces of the country and has more than 2.4 million subscribers.
The optical fiber that this company uses is used by all telecommunication companies in the country.
Kabul residents reacted to the move by the Taliban.
“The peace talks are underway but the Taliban is issuing warnings. This is not right,” a Kabul resident Hasibullah said.
“Civilians are affected in all targets by the Taliban,” a Kabul resident Sayed Kazim said.
Another Kabul resident, Khiyal Mohammad, said telecommunication companies are working for all Afghans and that their services should not stop.
This comes as telecommunication services out of the capital city, Kabul, are not provided 24/7. In most areas, they are stopped during nights.