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90 per cent Taliban prisoners released from government jails resume violence

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KABUL: The government claims that 90 per cent of the Taliban prisoners it released as part of the US peace deal with the Taliban have resorted to violence.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Mohammad Hanif Atmar said that the insurgents breached three main commitments which are the reduction of violence, the prevention of its imprisoned insurgents released from resorting in violence and cutting its ties with the al-Qaeda terrorist network, the mastermind of the 9/11 attack.

He cited the remarks in a meeting with Iranian special envoy for Afghanistan, Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian.

The government last year released more than 5,000 Taliban prisoners after weeks of pressure by the Trump administration. The US deal with the Taliban included that also includes for the withdrawal of American troops, stipulated the Taliban to cut its ties with Al-Qaeda and reduce violence. The deal also laid out the intra-Afghan negotiations being held in Qatari capital of Doha.

Earlier, some Afghan security officials also blamed the Taliban for not preventing its released fighters from rejoining the insurgency.

The National Security Council said that it had the name of the 50 Taliban prisoners who have been killed after their release in combat by the Afghan security forces.

“Taliban promised to reduce violence after the release of its fighters. The Taliban prisoners promised and pledged that they would not go back to war,” said Rahmatullah Andar, a spokesman for the National Security Council. “The prisoners were released but the Taliban neither reduce violence nor prevent its fighters from going back to combat.”

But the Taliban’s Spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid denied the government allegations, saying that the released prisoners were at their homes and live their common life. “Whom, they said were killed in the clash; they were killed at their homes.”

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