Taliban announce ‘general amnesty’ for govt officials, urges return to work: statement

Mullah Baradar Akhund, a senior official of the Taliban, seated with a group of men, makes avideo statement. PHOTO/Courtesy
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The Taliban Tuesday declared a general amnesty for all government officials and urged them to return to work, two days after taking power following a lightning sweep through the country.

“A general amnesty has been declared for all … so you should start your routine life with full confidence,” said a statement from the Taliban.

China, meanwhile, was the first major nation to flag support for the Taliban, stating it was ready for “friendly relations”.

Both Russia and Iran also made diplomatic overtures with the US State Department adding that any ties with a Taliban government would depend on their respect of human rights and rejection of extremism.

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