The Taliban are placing chilling “night letters” on the doors to those they accuse as being “working for the Crusaders”.
These notes direct their victims to attend a Taliban-convened tribunal. The Daily Mail reported that failure to comply with the orders will lead to the death penalty.
These letters are an Afghan tradition of intimidation. They were used as a threat and propaganda tool by the Taliban and mujahideen fighters under Soviet occupation.
They were often used in rural areas, but are now widely available in cities.
According to the report, Naz, a 34 year-old father of six, was one of the people who received a warning. His construction company had helped the UK military construct roads in Helmand, and the runway at Camp Bastion.
He had previously applied for asylum in Britain under ARAP (the Afghan relocation program), but was rejected.
Naz stated that the letter was stamped by the Taliban and was officially signed. This is a clear signal that they want me to die. I will be executed if I do not appear at the court.
They will kill me if I don’t comply. That is why I am hiding and trying to escape. But I need your help.” The Daily Mail reported that the former British translators received them to spread fear and comply with Taliban directives, with threats of violence or even death if they are not met.
This is usually done, as in Naz’s case, by an interpreter who surrenders to a Taliban court.
Shir, 47, was a soldier on the frontlines in Helmand. He is qualified for relocation. He was unable to make his way through the airport in time to board an evacuation flight.
“My daughter found the letter with a nail in it on our front door. It asked me to surrender my self for the judgement of the Islamic Emirate Court (Taliban), or they would hunt me down. They would then kill you. He fled immediately and is now hiding in hiding.