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Taliban strengthens ties with organized crime: UN. Report

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(Last Updated On: February 10, 2015)

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The United Nation in a report said that Taliban are increasing their dealings with narcotics traffickers, illegal mining rings, and kidnappers for ransom, which would raise serious concerns for Afghanistan.

“They are increasingly acting more like ‘godfathers’ than a ‘government in waiting,’ ” a report by the U.N. panel of experts on the Taliban said.

Hostage-taking incidents by the Taliban have increased since 2005, and a total of at least $16 million has been paid in ransom money, according to the report.

“The scale and depth of this cooperation is new, and builds on decades of interaction between the Taliban and others involved in criminal behavior,” said the report.

In addition, the Taliban earn $240,000-$360,000 per year in extortion from truckers who carry the semiprecious stone away from the mines located in a predominantly Tajik-populated area.

The report suggested that the United Nations Security Council could use targeted sanctions to take aim at the Taliban’s criminal connections.

The experts argued that the Taliban’s strengthened ties with organized crime will make it more difficult to foster reconciliation as the movement now has little economic incentive to make peace.

“This is all the more reason to intensify efforts to use the Security Council sanctions regime to expose and disrupt Taliban involvement in, and links to, criminal activity,” said the report.

The Taliban were criticized for their strictness toward those who disobeyed their imposed rules. Many Muslims complained that most Taliban rules had no basis in the Quran or Sharia.
Reported by Fahim Noori

 

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Former district police chief in Ghor gunned down

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(Last Updated On: January 25, 2022)

Habib-u-Rahman Malikzada, former police chief of Tiora district of Ghor province was gun downed by unknown assailants in western Herat province on Tuesday, relatives of the deceased said.

According to his relatives, Malikzada was shot close to the entrance of his house in PD1 of Herat city on Tuesday morning.

Sabir Herawi, a spokesman for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) Intelligence, has confirmed the incident, stating that the culprits fled the area after attacking Malikzada.

So far, no group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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IEA delegation meets with Western officials in Norway

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A 15-member delegation of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) met Monday in the Norwegian capital Oslo with special representatives from Western countries to discuss the situation amid the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.

The IEA delegation, led by Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, is in Norway for three days. Monday was their second day of meetings where they met with representatives from the US, UK, Norway, Germany, Italy, Qatar, France, and the European Union.

The meeting focused on discussions on the economy, humanitarian aid, security, central bank operations, health, and other relevant issues, Abdul Qahar Balkhi, a spokesman for the foreign ministry tweeted.

Discussions are still in progress, he added.

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UN asks IEA to probe issue of missing Afghan women

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The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has called on the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) to ensure the release of women activists who have been “reportedly abducted from their homes” since last Wednesday in Kabul.

Deborah Lyons, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, met with Sirajuddin Haqqani, the IEA’s interior minister, on Monday, urging “the Taliban (IEA) leadership to probe [the] issue and secure the liberty of the missing Afghan women activists who were reportedly abducted from their homes last week,” UNAMA said in a tweet.

Tamana Zaryab Paryani, her three sisters, and Parwana Ibrahimkhel, who had participated in recent anti-IEA protests in Kabul, were arrested from their homes last Wednesday, according to family members and eyewitnesses.

However, the IEA’s Interior Ministry said in a series of tweets that during the meeting Lyons thanked the Minister of the Interior for providing security for UN staff in Afghanistan. The interior ministry stated that they reassured the UN that its offices and staff would be secure.

The IEA also stated that Lyons noted the international community realizes it must work with Afghans to eliminate poverty.”

IEA spokesmen in Kabul and Doha have meanwhile repeatedly denied any involvement in the disappearance of the women activists.

The detention of these women activists was also discussed at a meeting of civil society activists with the IEA in Norway this week, but the whereabouts of the women is not clear.

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