Taliban intelligence agents arrest a former army officer and civil servant at Kabul airport

The Taliban has detained a former officer of the Ministry of Interior and a civil activist from the Kabul airport, sources said.

The man, identified as Mujib Zia, left the Ministry in 2014 and since then was serving as a civil and social activist. Recently, he was working as a media advisor for Rahmani Foundation, a Kabul-based charity.

A friend of Zia told KabulNow that Zia was arrested on Monday morning from the Kabul airport as he was intending to head to Iran. The source added that after the collapse of the former government, Zia fled to Iran and had recently returned to attend his father’s funeral in Kabul.

The motive behind the man’s detention is unknown, and the Taliban has not commented on it either.

The Taliban has been widely accused by the UN and other rights organizations of arbitrary detentions, torture, and executions of former members of Afghanistan’s security forces, government employees, journalists, and civil society activists.