‘Credible evidence’ of Taliban reprisal killings: UN human rights chief
The UN human rights chief says her office has received credible allegations of reprisal killings by the Taliban of former Afghan security forces, as well as instances in which officials in the previous government and their relatives were arbitrarily detained and later turned up dead.
Michelle Bachelet, speaking to the Human Rights Council, warned of a “new and perilous phase” for Afghanistan as she criticised the Taliban for a disconnect between their words and actions, the Irish Examiner reported.
She cited “multiple” allegations of Taliban house-to-house searches looking for officials from the previous government and “people who cooperated with U.S. security forces and companies”.
Afghanistan's Shia leaders demanding representation in gov’t
Leaders of Afghanistan’s Shia community have demanded that their representatives be included in the country’s new government that has been formed by the Taliban to make the regime inclusive reflecting the pluralistic nature of Afghan society.
Shia representatives met Afghanistan’s former President Hamid Karzai, who is a member of a coordinating council, for the peaceful transfer of power. It was Karzai’s second meeting with the Shias in recent days, The Economic Times reported on Tuesday.
On September 9, Karzai wrote on his Twitter account that he had held consultations with Afghanistan’s Shia Ulema Council to discuss ways of ensuring lasting peace and stability in the country.
Taliban deny their Deputy PM Mullah Baradar is dead
The Taliban denied that one of their top leaders has been killed in a shootout with rivals, following rumours about internal splits in the movement nearly a month after its lightning victory over the Western-backed government in Kabul.
Sulail Shaheen, a Taliban spokesman, said Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, former head of the Taliban political office who was named deputy prime minister last week, issued a voice message rejecting claims he had been killed or injured in a clash, Reuters reported.
“He says it is lies and totally baseless,” Shaheen said in a message on Twitter.
Donors pledge $1.1 billion for Afghanistan
Donors pledged more than a billion dollars to help Afghanistan, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday as poverty and hunger have spiralled in the country since the Taliban took power and foreign aid has dried up, raising the spectre of a mass exodus, Reuters reported.
Guterres said it was impossible to say how much of the money had been promised in response to an emergency U.N. appeal for $606 million to meet the most pressing needs of a country in crisis.
After decades of war and suffering, Afghans are facing “perhaps their most perilous hour,” he said in his opening remarks to a donor conference in Geneva.
Taliban probing bank accounts linked to Afghan ex-officials
The Taliban are investigating the accounts of former high-ranking Afghan government members to check for ill-gotten gains, officials said Tuesday.
The investigation may lead to the freezing of assets and accounts of former civil servants, ministers and lawmakers, an official at Da Afghanistan Bank told AFP, asking not to be named.
A manager of a private bank confirmed a team of “Taliban auditors” had been deployed to the organisation to check the accounts of selected former government officials.
Thousands protest against Taliban in Kandahar over evictions
Thousands of Afghans protested against the Taliban in the southern city of Kandahar on Tuesday, according to a former government official and local television footage, after residents were asked to vacate a residential army colony, Reuters reported.
Protesters gathered in front of the governor’s house in Kandahar after around 3,000 families were asked to leave the colony, according to the former government official who witnessed the crowds.
The affected area is predominantly occupied by the families of retired army generals and other members of the Afghan security forces.