Taliban Executes Afghan Police Chief Despite Promises of Peace

The Taliban has executed Afghan police chief Haji Mullah Achakzai despite promising peace and not seeking revenge against former Afghan security forces.

Achakzai was the police chief of the Badghis province before he was captured during the recent Taliban mass offensive.

Achakzai’s execution video, posted to Twitter by former BBC journalist Nasrin Nawa showed him kneeling on the ground blindfolded before he was shot several times. 

“He was surrounded by the Taliban and had no choice but to surrender last night. The Taliban targeted Achakzai because he was a high-ranking intelligence official,” said Afghan security adviser Nasser Waziri who directly obtained the video.

The Taliban has reportedly gained access to the former Afghan government’s biometric system and has started to hunt Afghans who helped allied forces or the civil government.

According to Waziri, he and other senior advisers have set up a private group chat online to check up on former civil servants and to make sure that they are unharmed after the Taliban takeover. 


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