Pakistan provides Rs12m quarterly to Balkh Taliban
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Pakistan 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 Taliban 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.
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 council, 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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