Afghan translators, who have worked with Dutch officials, have been ordered by the Taliban to appear in court and their families have been threatened if they do not do so, Dutch public television NOS reported.
According to the television station, which quoted a Taliban letter, many translators are hiding and their families will be “severely punished as a lesson to other traitors” if they do not surrender.
The letter – which was sent to a former translator for the European Union Police Agency, EUROPOL, in Afghanistan – said the translator worked for foreigners and accepted “their dishonest and forbidden money”.
NOS has reported that many translators have received similar letters. “We will take revenge. “If we do not find you, your relatives will pay for it,” another translator said in a letter.
Since taking power in August this year, the Taliban have been looking for people who have worked with foreign forces but who have worked for the ousted government.
The fundamentalist group has also said ex-soldiers and government officials are needed to serve the state and has issued a general apology.
But the United Nations and human rights groups have reported that the Taliban are pursuing those who worked with foreign forces and the previous government and occasionally detained or executed them.
In September, the acting Minister of Defense from the Taliban, Mullah Mohammad Yaqub, issued a statement saying that the militants had retaliated through the killings, although the group had pardoned them.
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