Abdullah: Repression and intimidation are driving Afghanistan into civil war

Abdullah Abdullah, who headed the Supreme Council for National Reconciliation before the fall of Ashraf Ghani and recently left Afghanistan, responded to the recent events in Panjshir, Takhar, Andrap and Khost.

“Some say the Taliban tortured and shot civilians in clashes with the National Resistance Front in Andrap and Panjshir,” Deutsche Welle reported. An allegation denied by the Taliban.

Abdullah said in a message on his Facebook page that there are documented reports of “field trials, killings and torture” in Panjshir, Takhar, Andarabh and Khost.

In his first message since leaving Afghanistan, he implicitly criticized the Taliban, writing that “such actions are contrary to religious law, human rights, principles of war, and national and international practices.”

Abdullah was one of the few political figures left in Kabul after the Taliban seized power and left Afghanistan for the first time on Eid al-Fitr. Reports indicate that during his stay in Kabul, he had no political activity other than publishing a few publications and holding limited meetings, and was banned from leaving Afghanistan.

In the letter, Abdullah implicitly addressed the Taliban, saying that over the past four decades, the policy of abolition and monopoly had always plunged Afghanistan into crisis.

He continued, “Continued inhumane policies, oppression, intimidation and restrictions imposed on girls and women, has further isolated the country, heightened ethnic tensions and led Afghanistan to civil war.”

Abdullah said the current crisis could be resolved through negotiations and “respect for the will of the people, religious diversity, cultural differences and identity in the country.”

The former official called on the international community and human rights organizations to conduct an impartial investigation into the latest developments and to share the results with the Afghan people.

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