Reconciled rebels return to battlefield in Takhar
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Dozens of reconciled Taliban insurgents have rejoined their comrades after getting government privileges in northeastern Takhar province, an official said on Saturday.
The insurgents, who rejoined the Taliban, are now currently engaged in clashes with security forces in Darqad, Khwaja Ghar and some other districts, Takhar police chief Noor Mohammad Hakimi told Pajhwok Afghan News.
“The insurgents were encouraged by the government to put down their weapons and reconcile, but they betrayed and returned to their group and have been recently fighting against security forces. Four of them were killed last week by security forces,” he said.
Provincial High Peace Committee head in Takhar, Mamoor Hassan, confirmed Hakimi’s account and said he was also worried about the insurgents’ recent act.
He said insurgents joining the peace process were given monthly stipends and residences for a period of time.
“The High Peace Council does not give us budget when we need it and that’s why some reconciled insurgents were killed by their ex-comrades and others returned the battlefield,” he added.
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