Taliban detains relatives of former MP in Takhar province

The Taliban intelligence forces in northeastern Takhar province detained six individuals, including two women, on suspicion of possessing weapons on Sunday, local sources reported.

The detainees are said to be relatives of Wakil Abdul Jabar, a former member of the Afghanistan parliament.

According to the source, the incident took place in Versaj village, where the Taliban intelligence entered the residence of Wakil Abdul Jabar at midnight and detained his nephew, niece, cousins, and two women.

The detainees were subsequently transported to Taleqan city, the provincial capital of Takhar.

The source also revealed that the Taliban released the two women on the same day after subjecting them to torture and coerced confessions regarding the disclosure of the weapon’s location. However, the remaining four individuals are still in Taliban custody.

The local Taliban authorities in Takhar have not yet commented on the incident.

Despite announcing a “general amnesty” in the days after taking control of Kabul, the Taliban has carried out hundreds of arrests, torture, and extrajudicial killings of former members of the Afghanistan military and government employees.

Human rights organizations including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have repeatedly expressed concern over serious human rights violations against civilians by the Taliban in Afghanistan, which could constitute war crimes.