Respect amnesty for ex-officials: Taliban chief

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The supreme leader of the Islamic Emirate has directed government officials to respect the general amnesty announced by him.

The Afghans needed to live in unity and brotherhood, Haibatullah Akhund told officials at a meeting, the governor’s house in southern Kandahar province on Thursday.

Haibatullah Akhund made the remarks during Wednesday’s meeting at the governor’s house in Kandahar City.

Dr. Mohammad Naeem, spokesman for the Taliban’s political office, also shared Akhund’s directives on his Twitter account.

The statement said the meeting was attended by Kandahar Governor Haji Mohammad Yousuf Wafa, Deputy Governor Maulvi Hayatullah Mubarak and police chief Mullah Abdul Ghaffar, as well as provincial directors, district governors and police chiefs.

The supreme leader said their struggle was for the enforcement of the Islamic system in the country and that they had to work hard for improved governance and providing better livelihoods for the people.

He urged civil and military officials to respect the general amnesty announced by him and not to punish former government servants for their past crimes.

If the Afghans were not respected in foreign countries, they should not leave their homeland, he remarked, asking officials to convince the people to stay in Afghanistan. Akhund also made recommendations regarding duties and responsibilities and compliance with orders.

He said that no one should ask for a responsibility. But if a person was handed a responsibility, he should follow directions from leaders and discharge that responsibility properly.

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