Kabul: Amid a hike in civilian prosecution and harassment by the Taliban in Panjshir and northern zone provinces, Nasir Ahmad Faiq, Chargé d’Affaires of AFG Permanent Mission to the United Nations, has voiced grave concern calling this act by the Taliban against international principles.
Faiq, in a series of tweets on Tuesday, called for an immediate halt to the baseless detention of civilians, saying, “Arresting and detaining civilians and non-combatants are against the principles of international humanitarian & int. human rights laws. These acts must be investigated and stopped.”
The reaction came as APW sources in Panjshir, Baghlan, Takhar, and Kapisa have recently reported the arrest of dozens of civilians by Taliban forces, who falsely accuse them of assisting or having links with NRF forces.
This comes as at least 30 civilians, including young boys, were detained by Taliban fighters in provincial capital and other districts of Kapisa province over the last two days.
Meanwhile, following the deployment of fresh fighters to suppress NRF forces in Panjsher, dozens of families (accused of having links with NRF) have been forcibly displaced in Dara and Paryan districts of Panjshir province.
Sources told APW that some families also left the areas for fear of intense fighting as the Taliban reinforcements are slated to launch a large-scale operation against the NRF spearheaded by the newly-appointed military commander Mullah Qayum Zakir.