Taliban dismiss 3,000 members for committing abuses in Afghanistan

On Saturday, an official said that the Taliban movement has expelled about 3,000 members accused of abusive practices from its extremist movement in a large-scale “vetting process” that has begun since it came to power.

The Taliban regained control of Afghanistan in August after a 20-year insurgency against previous US-backed governments and foreign NATO forces.

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The Taliban government promised softer rule for its 1996-2001 regime, and launched a commission to identify members who violate the movement’s regulations.

They gave a bad name to the Islamic Emirate. “They have been left out in this vetting process so that we can build a clean army and a clean police force in the future,” committee head Latifollah Hakimi at the Defense Ministry told AFP.

He said that so far 2,840 members have been dismissed.

They were involved in corruption and drugs and were interfering in people’s private lives. Some also had links to ISIS [ISIS]Hakimi said.

Rights groups have accused Taliban fighters of committing extrajudicial killings of former members of the security forces, despite the movement’s supreme leader Hebatullah Akhundzada ordering an amnesty.

The extremist group’s regional branch has emerged as a major security challenge to the hardline administration, often targeting officials in gun and bomb attacks in Kabul and other cities.

Al-Hakimi said that the detainees are from 14 governorates, and that the process of “liquidating” these members will continue in other governorates.

Since seizing power, the Taliban authorities have restricted the freedoms of Afghans, especially women.

Women working in the public sector have largely been prevented from returning to work, while many girls’ secondary schools have not yet reopened.

Long-haul flights for unaccompanied women were also banned.

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