Taliban’s Pledge of Amnesty for Security Officials Meets Widespread Distrust

GHAZNI, Afghanistan—As Taliban fighters cradling trophy assault rifles crowded a police headquarters base here, the new boss explained the new rules.

Former policemen and other government servants of the fallen Afghan republic have been pardoned by the Taliban’s Islamic Emirate, and should return to their jobs, said Mohammad Asif Zakir, a long-haired Taliban commander who has now become the Ghazni provincial head of criminal police.

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