By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: The Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan released 100 Talibn prisoners yesterday, the Office of National Security Council (ONSC) said.
“Pursuant to President Ghani’s decree of March 11, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan released 100 Taliban prisoners based on their health condition, age and length of remaining sentence as part of our efforts for peace and containment of COVID-19,” Javid Faisal, ONSC spokesman said.
The 100 prisoners were on the broader list that the Taliban technical team shared and discussed during meetings with the technical team of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Kabul, he added.
“The National Directorate of Security and the Attorney General’s Office thoroughly vetted the prisoners, who have taken an oath never to return to the battlefield. The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has received the same assurance from the group’s leadership in Doha,” he said, adding the releases took place according to routine procedure after the prisoners enrolled biometrically.
Faisal went on saying that Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan remains open continuing joint technical work with the Taliban in order to advance the peace process.