Taliban ‘detaining, torturing civilians’ in northern Afghanistan, says watchdog | World News


Islamabad: Taliban safety forces in northern Afghanistan have unlawfully detained and tortured residents accused of affiliation with an opposition armed group, New York-based Human Rights Watch stated in an announcement on Friday. Since mid-May 2022, preventing has escalated in Panjshir province as National Resistance Front (NRF) forces have attacked Taliban items and checkpoints, HRW stated. The Taliban have responded by deploying to the province hundreds of fighters, who’ve carried out search operations concentrating on communities they allege are supporting the NRF, the group added.

“Taliban forces have dedicated abstract executions and enforced disappearances of captured fighters and different detainees, that are struggle crimes, additionally in different provinces, it stated.

In a mountainous valley north of Kabul, the final remnants of Afghanistan’s shattered safety forces have vowed to withstand the Taliban in a distant area that has defied conquerors earlier than.

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Nestled in the towering Hindu Kush, the Panjshir Valley has a single slender entrance. Local fighters held off the Soviets there in the Nineteen Eighties, and the Taliban a decade later below the management of Ahmad Shah Massoud, a guerrilla fighter who attained near-mythic standing earlier than he was killed in a suicide bombing.

His 33-year-old foreign-educated son, Ahmad Massoud, and a number of other prime officers from the ousted Western-backed authorities have vowed to withstand the Taliban.

“Taliban forces in Panjshir province have shortly resorted to beating civilians in their response to preventing towards the opposition National Resistance Front,” stated Patricia Gossman, affiliate Asia director at Human Rights Watch.

“The Taliban’s longstanding failure to punish these answerable for critical abuses in their ranks places extra civilians in danger,” Gossman was quoted in the assertion.


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