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Taliban Sets up Commission to Probe Cases of Civilians Arrested In Panjshir

The National Resistance Front (NRF) had earlier declared that the Taliban group has arrested and imprisoned at least 5,400 residents of Panjshir province since it returned to power in August 2021.

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In a bid to increase its legitimacy of being a responsible government, the Taliban have formed a commission to investigate the cases of civilians who were arrested in Panjshir province of Afghanistan in recent months.

The Prime Minister of the Taliban, Mullah Hassan Akhund has ordered the formation of the commission to investigate the cases of the civilians who were arrested during clashes in the Panjshir province.

During the clashes, the Taliban security forces unlawfully detained and tortured civilians from Panjshir on the suspicion that they were associated with the rebel forces in the province.

Taliban-controlled Bakhtar State News Agency said that based on the order of the Taliban Prime Minister, a six-member commission had been approved to re-evaluate the files of those arrested during the military operation in Panjsher.

The commission would be headed by the Governor of Kabul, Mawlawi Neda Mohammad Nadim and it will be investigating the cases of detained civilians who are currently locked up in Kabul prison.

Panjshir remains the only province out of 34 in Afghanistan where civilians and armed groups have resisted strongly against the Taliban rule. The National Resistance Front (NRF) is a prominent resistance group that operates from the Panjshir valley and is involved in attacking the Taliban security forces in the region.

The National Resistance Front (NRF) had earlier declared that the Taliban group has arrested and imprisoned at least 5,400 residents of Panjshir province since it returned to power in  August 2021.

In a bid to curb armed resistance against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the Taliban security forces have arrested a large number of civilians from the Panjshir valley.

The Taliban security forces have been involved in extra-judicial killings and human rights violations of civilians in order to turn down the armed uprising in northern Afghanistan.

International organizations have repeatedly accused the Taliban of detaining civilians and violating their basic human rights in the Panjshir province of Afghanistan.

Shubham Joshi
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