In response to persistent complaints of disruptions in the relief efforts of international organizations by the Taliban, the intelligence wing of the group has recently confiscated the mobile phones of surveyors from a contractor institution associated with the World Food Programme in Ghazni.
Sources in Ghazni reported to Hasht-e Subh Daily on Friday, December 8, that the Taliban seized and detained the mobile phones of at least 25 employees of the “HEAlTHO” institution, a contractor working with the World Food Programme in the Rashidan district.
According to sources, the Taliban have not disclosed the reasons for confiscating and detaining the mobile phones of these individuals, which also include their personal property.
Despite multiple visits by the employees of this institution to the district and the intelligence office in the area, they have not received a clear and affirmative response.
One source mentioned that with the confiscation of the phones of these employees, the process of assessing the needs of the residents in this district has come to a halt.
As of now, the Taliban in Ghazni have not provided any statements regarding this matter.
This incident is not the first report of disruptions in the humanitarian aid process by international institutions. Previously, the Taliban detained 18 employees of an international aid organization in Ghor, and recently, reports emerged regarding the cessation of operations of the German institution “GIZ” due to the detention of four of its employees by the Taliban.