Dare not hang death row Taliban prisoners, Afghan Taliban warn government

Dare not hang death row Taliban prisoners, Afghan Taliban warn government
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KABUL - Afghan government is mulling option of possible execution of the Taliban inmates, CEO Abdullah Abdullah said the orders will be executed in certain cases.

However, he did not elaborate further in this regard and it is yet not clear how many Taliban inmates are currently serving in the jails and how many of them have been sentenced to death.

This comes as the Taliban group claimed Monday that the Afghan government is mulling to execute a number of prisoners belonging to the Taliban group in Kabul’s Pul-e-Charkhi prison.

Taliban group spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid in a statement said the Afghan authorities have started shifting several prisoners in Pul-e-Charkhi since Sunday.

Mujahid further added that the information received by the group suggests that the government is planning to carry out execution of the prisoners having links with the Taliban .

He warned that the execution of the political inmates and Taliban affiliates will have negative consequences and that the government and judicial institutions of the government will be responsible.

Mujahid also claimed that the government and its judicial institutions have no legitimacy and the capabilities to carry out executions on Taliban affiliates.

He also called on international rights organizations to intervene and prevent the Afghan government and the United States from the execution of the prisoners.

In the meantime, reports indicate that around 750 prisoners serving in the jails in Afghanistan have been sentenced to death but the execution orders of the Taliban inmates have not been signed by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.

Kabul