Taliban hunting down Afghans on blacklist

World Friday 20/August/2021 14:03 PM
By: DW
Taliban hunting down Afghans on blacklist
The Taliban have been reportedly hunting for people on a blacklist of former government workers

Kabul: The Taliban have begun rounding up Afghans on a blacklist of people with suspected links to the previous Afghan administration, according to a report by a Norwegian intelligence group.

The report comes as the Taliban attempt to present a more moderate image of the group since seizing Afghanistan's capital on Sunday. They have pledged full amnesty for all who worked with the Western-backed, elected Afghan government.

Despite this, the US and allies have been carrying out evacuations of workers who are desperate to leave the country, fearing retribution.

Key points from the report:

The RHIPTO Norwegian Center for Global Analyses report said the Taliban is "intensifying the hunt-down of all individuals and collaborators with the former regime."

It said if they are not successful, the group is targeting and arresting family members and punishing them according to Shariah law.

According to the report, people in central positions in the Afghan military, police and investigative units were particularly at risk.