The Taliban announced on Tuesday that 16 other members of the Afghan security forces, who were in the hands of the group, would be released as part of the prisoner-free process in the face of the start of direct peace talks with the government.
“Today, a total of 16 soldiers and police officers from the Kabul government were released from an Islamic Emirate prison in Balj and sent with their families for financial support for transportation,” the office spokesman said. Taliban politics in Qatar, Suhail Shahin, through his Twitter account.
The release of prisoners is a requirement imposed by the Taliban in accordance with the historic peace agreement that they signed with the United States government on February 29. The agreement provides for the release of 5,000 insurgents and 1,000 members of the Afghan armed forces before direct contacts with Kabul begin.
To date, almost 4,200 Taliban and more than 850 members of the security forces have been released, despite the fact that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani stressed last week that the peace process will only continue when “fate is unclear”. all members of the security forces captured by insurgents.