Ghazni traders, elders warned against donating money to Taliban
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): The police chief for southern Ghazni province on Monday warned people against giving zakat and ushr and other donations to militants, saying such people would be arrested by police.
Brig. Gen. Aminullah Amarkhil told a press conference here that a number of tribal elders, traders and ordinary people donated money or zakat and ushr to Taliban militants in Ghazni.
“These people are known to all, they themselves know it, if needed, I will expose their names to the media and take them to jails,” he warned.
Amarkhil added police had detained three persons collecting money for Taliban under the pretext of collecting zakat and ushr in Ghazni City three days ago.
“I think those who provide money to Taliban are worse than the rebels because militants directly fight with us but these people enter our cities and openly raise fund for the militants,” Amarkhil said.
He asked the fund raisers to stop the practice soon or they would be captured by police forces.
Khalilullah Hotak, the provincial High Peace Council (HPC) acting head, confirmed some people had provided motorcycles to Taliban besides providing them with cash money.
“These are people who everyday go through government offices, but the money they collect goes to Taliban,” he said, without going into specifics.
Hotak asked security organs to chase such people because they posed higher threat than Taliban.
Mohammad Arif, a resident of Ghazni City, said: “The collection campaign has been ongoing over the past four years, but no one can prevent the individuals involved because they have links with Taliban and mafia groups.”
The Taliban also confirmed receiving zakat and ushr as well as cash money from people.
They said a large numbers of Ghazni residents voluntarily gave their ushr and zakat to militants.
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