The Taliban have fired some 3,000 members accused of abusive practices by their hardline Islamist movement in a widespread “investigation process” launched since they came to power, an official said on Saturday.
The Taliban regained control of Afghanistan in August after a 20-year insurgency against previous US-backed governments and foreign NATO forces.
Promising softer rule for its 1996-2001 regime, the Taliban government launched a commission to identify members flouting the movement’s regulations.
“They were giving the Islamic Emirate a bad name. They were eliminated in this investigation process so that we can build a clean army and police force in the future,” the head of the panel, Latifullah Hakimi, at the Defense Ministry told AFP.
Some 2,840 members have been laid off so far, he said.
“They were involved in corruption, drugs and meddling in people’s private lives. Some also had links to Daesh,” Hakimi said, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group.
Taliban fighters have been accused by human 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 jihadist group’s regional chapter has become a major security challenge for the hardline Islamist administration, often targeting officials with guns and bombs in Kabul and other cities.
Hakimi said those suspended were from 14 provinces and that the process to “filter” 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 prevented from returning to work, while many secondary schools have not reopened for girls.
Long-distance travel for women unaccompanied by a close male relative was also banned.
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