The President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani has recognized that the release of the last 400 Taliban prisoners included in the peace agreement between the militiamen and the United States – the most complex to deal with as they are detained for drug trafficking and blood crimes are -. They are a necessary evil for the country’s future.
“It is likely that the list poses a threat to us, to you and to the world,” Ghani admitted this Friday during a forum organized by the Atlantic Council. “They are drug traffickers and die-hard criminals, as we told our allies and friends back then. But I must insist: this step was necessary,” he said.
The release was approved last week by the Loya Yirga, the grand assembly of the Afghan people with representatives from relevant figures from the country’s political and civil society, to “pave the way for peace negotiations” and “prevent the spillage of blood”.
This group of prisoners is part of the list the Taliban handed over to the United States following the signing of their historic peace agreement on February 29, which envisaged the release of 5,000 insurgents and a thousand security forces in anticipation of the agreement’s beginning Peace talks between the Afghan government and the armed group.