April 23, 2005


Senior Taliban official gives up (April 24, 2005, Reuters)

A SENIOR member of the ousted Taliban movement surrendered today, the latest in a series of defections to Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government by Taliban commanders.
Mofti Habibur Rahman, chief of the criminal department at Taliban's interior ministry, also said other high-level and low-ranking Taliban officials inside and outside Afghanistan would take advantage of a government amnesty offer.

"The reason is that we now have an elected and legitimate government," Rahman told reporters after surrendering to local authorities in Khost, the south-eastern province near the border with Pakistan, which is a hotbed of Taliban activity. [...]

His defection comes days after local officials in the southern province of Helmand said two senior Taliban members had surrendered under Karzai's amnesty offer.

Another Taliban commander in Helmand also surrendered this month.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 23, 2005 2:55 PM

The days of fighting to the death for one's belief appear to be over in Afghanistan. Maybe amnesty is a better option: remain alive and then try to have input into the new government.

"Chief of the criminal department at Taliban's interior ministry". That's something I'd like to have on my resume.

Posted by: John J. Coupal at April 24, 2005 10:56 AM