Taliban detains a shopkeeper and a former soldier in Panjshir province

Local sources have said that the Taliban agents detained a shopkeeper and a former soldier in northeastern Panjshir province this week amid a surge in arbitrary arrests.

A source told KabulNow that the soldier identified as Islamuddin was arrested in the early morning of Sunday from the Pojawa area of Darah district and later transferred to Kabul.

“Islamuddin was arrested under brutal circumstances,” the source added.

“His wife and children were seen screaming and begging as the Taliban pulled him. His family lamented that he was innocent, but the Taliban turned a deaf ear to their plight.”

Moreover, a shopkeeper named Gulzar was arrested for allegedly hiding weapons two days earlier, a source in Darah said.

A close relative of Gulzar reported that he was detained by the Taliban agents previously too, but he handed over the weapons he was holding to the Taliban.

Panjshir has been the center of a conflict between anti-Taliban groups, including the National Resistance Front and the Taliban for nearly two years. During this time, the Taliban have detained, tortured, or executed tens of former soldiers and civilians, accusing them of collaborating with the armed front or possessing weapons.