Taliban fire 3,000 operatives for committing abuses in Afghanistan

The Taliban has sacked around 3,000 members accused of abusive practices of its extremist movement as part of a widespread “vetting process” launched since taking power, an official said on Saturday.

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

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Promising a looser rule to their 1996-2001 regime, the Taliban government launched a commission to identify members who flouted the movement’s regulations.

“They gave the Islamic emirate a bad name. They have been removed in this verification process so that we can build a clean army and police in the future,” panel leader Latifullah Hakimi at the Defense Ministry told AFP.

So far, about 2,840 members have been fired, he said.

“They were involved in corruption, drugs and intruding on people’s private lives. Some also had links to Daesh [ISIS]Hakimi said.

Taliban fighters have been accused by rights groups of extrajudicial executions of former members of the security forces, despite an amnesty order from the movement’s supreme leader, Hibatullah Akhundzada.

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

Hakimi said those suspended come from 14 provinces and the process of “filtering” those members will continue in other provinces.

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

Female public sector workers have been largely barred from returning to work, while many secondary schools have not reopened for girls.

Long-distance travel for women who are not accompanied by a close male relative has also been banned.

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