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Young Afghans trafficked to Pakistan, forced to learn the ways of Taliban

The objective is to enforce the same rigid interpretation of Islam practiced by Taliban: NYT report

ANI  |  Kabul 

Taliban suicide bombers
In this photo, Taliban suicide bombers stand guard during a gathering of a breakaway Taliban faction, in the border area of Zabul province, southern of Kabul, Afghanistan. Photo: AP | PTI

Police in Afghanistan's eastern Ghazni province have revealed that young Afghans are being taken illegally to Pakistan's south western Baluchistan province to study in religious seminaries or madrassas to learn the ways of the

According to a New York Times (NYT) report, the objective this secret exercise is to enforce the same rigid interpretation of Islam practiced by the before returning them to their homeland to put into practice what they have learnt.

While the Afghan police are describing it as child trafficking, the parents of these "kidnapped" children reportedly want them to study in and are willingly sending them to Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, widely considered the headquarters of the leadership council a.k.a. the "Shura."

The NYT report quotes an Afghan counter-official, as saying on condition of anonymity, that Afghan intelligence has identified 26 madrassas in where they suspect future generations of Taliban are being trained, and in some cases, instructed in how to carry out suicide bombings. Several of the 26 madrassas he identified were in

The Sheikh Abdul Hakim madrassa was among the schools the Afghan official identified as a Taliban recruitment center, but one of its teachers, Azizullah Mainkhail, when contacted, denied affiliation with the Taliban or Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

In the last month or so, Afghan police prevented about 40 children from being trafficked into

The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission claims that war, poverty, insecurity and a lack of understanding by families of the dangers awaiting their children, all combine to drive the child trafficking trade in

Parents, it says, are often fooled into believing that their children will be educated or will get a good job, but they end up getting thrashed into submission, are forced to work as cheap labor and then taken by Taliban as new recruits.

The NYT quoted senior police official Fazlur Rahman Bustani, as saying that the movement of children is a business and a dangerous one.

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First Published: Mon, August 07 2017. 13:40 IST