People who worked for foreign forces in Afghanistan will be safe and ought to not leave the nation as the foreign forces withdraw, ensured Taliban forces in a declaration on Monday.
“None ought to presently desert the nation,” the statement reads. “The Islamic Emirate will not perturb them.”
Tens of thousands of Afghans have worked with the international forces in the past 20 years as interpreters, security guards, and as helpers in other capacities.
They fear retaliation from the Taliban once the foreign forces have left. Many have applied for special visas to leave the country.
Many countries – including the United States, Germany and Britain have programmes to resettle their local staff. The applications of around 18,000 Afghans seeking a special immigration visa are currently pending at the US embassy in Kabul, according to embassy data.
Thousands of others have already been resettled to the countries they have worked with.
According to No One Left Behind, a US non-governmental organization, around 300 people who worked as local staff for the US military or their family members have been killed since 2016.
In the past, the insurgents have said Afghans working with the “invaders” are “traitors” or “slaves.”
Now, the insurgent group gets in touch with these Afghans to “reveal regret for their previous actions” and states they ought to not participate in such activities in the future.
“We saw them as our opponents when they were straight standing in the ranks of our opponents,” the statement added. “But when they desert opponent ranks and choose to live as regular Afghans in their homeland, they will not deal with any concerns.”
It is doubtful whether the regional personnel will rely on these declarations.
Twitter users who support the Taliban likewise consistently reveal concepts about how the regional personnel ought to be handled after the soldiers have actually withdrawn. Many of those are not in line with Monday’s declaration.
They state, to name a few things, that a person can never ever forgive those who utilized to work for the immigrants.