The Taliban in the Dar-i-Suf district of Samangan province has given residents an ultimatum: surrender at least 70 weapons within five days or pay a specified amount in lieu of the weapons.
Local sources report that the group’s officials in the area have accused residents of possessing weapons left behind by the previous government.
According to locals, dozens of residents in the area have been imprisoned and subjected to torture.
A recent report by SIGAR states that the Taliban has been pursuing former members of Afghan security forces in the previous government across the country on daily basis.
Five relatives of the former governor of Bamiyan, Tahir Zahir, were detained in the Dar-i-Suf Bala district on February 18th, and their whereabouts remain unknown.
Mohammad Mohaqiq, the leader of the People’s Islamic Unity Party, who currently resides in Turkey and once held Dar-i-Suf district as his stronghold, has accused the Taliban of increasing their vengeful pressure on the people of Samangan province.