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'Taliban POWs listed to be executed by government'

22 November, 2012

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KABUL: Taliban has said names of several Taliban prisoners of war were in the list of people to be executed by the Afghan government.

"We have reliable reports that some prisoners of war linked to Islamic Emirate have also been included to the list of people to be executed," Taliban said in a press release available with Afghan Islamic Press (AIP).

It said execution of POWs was in violation of all the human rights laws and the Islamic Emirate was concern in this regard.

"We urge United Nations, OIC, International Red Cross and human rights organizations to stop this act by Kabul administration. Being champions of human rights, they should not keep mum if there is anything like this in the plan," it said.

Taliban threatened that they must show reaction if their associates were executed by the Afghan government.

"If our detainees and prisoners were executed, it would pose a strong and serious to attorney general office, courts and all involved circles and no organization will have the right to criticise us," Taliban threatened.

Meanwhile, a prisoner in 6th block of Pul-e-Charkhi jail told Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) by phone that police attempted to take away some Taliban prisoners of the block and execute them.

"Police tried to get some prisoners including a Taliban member Maulvi Mutawakel out and execute them.

However, the prisoners offered resistance and the police failed to take away the prisoners despite using tear gas," he said.

Sources close to Taliban told AIP that several Taliban prisoners were among the list of 16 people whose execution was endorsed by President Hamid Karzai.

The sources said there was huge possibility that the names of Maulvi Mutawakel from Baghlan, Qari Ramzan from Tajikistan, Muhammad Yaser from Farah and Rahmatullah from Balkh province were in the list and the government wanted to execute some Taliban by showing them criminals.

A few days ago, sources in presidential place said that three courts of the country awarded death penalty to 22 people in murder and terrorism cases.

A political observer told AIP that the execution of the Taliban would be an repairable mistake in a time when the government and United States are making efforts for reconciliation with Taliban.

He said if Taliban prisoners were executed it would mean that the government and High Peace Council are not sincere in reconciliation.

He suggested that the president should avoid taking such step in this critical moment.

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