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Pakistan provides Rs12m quarterly to Balkh Taliban

Pakistan provides Rs12m quarterly to Balkh Taliban

Jan 18, 2016 - 20:55

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Pakistaninfo-icon would financially support them for disruptive activities in northern Balkh province, the commander of a 12- member group of militants who joined the peace process, claimed on Monday.

Azad Khan was among a dozen of Talibaninfo-icon militants who joined the peace process on Monday. He told reporters that Pakistan would give them Rs12 million for disruptive activities against the government after every three months.

He has been fighting against the Afghan government for the past three years, but a year back he realised that he was misled, so he decided to lay down weapons and return to a normal life.

They would get ammunition from Pakistan and would purchase weapons in Balkh, he said.

“Many of the fighters have received trainings in Pakistan and I was also among people who received the training for few months in Pakistan,” he said.

In addition to getting Rs12 million on quarterly basis, they would also collect usharinfo-icon (10th part of people’s harvests) and Zakatinfo-icon from people in the province, he said.

He realised that the Taliban were the enemies of the country and he decided to reconcile with the government and fight against his former colleagues for the sake of peace in the country.

Provincial head of the high peace councilinfo-icon, Baz Mohammad Gharibyar, said commander Azad Khan and his 11 fighters belonged to Nahr-i-Shahi district of the province.

With joining of the peace process by the 12-member group, the number of militants reconciling with the government has reached 336 in the province.



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