“We are going to chase you” warning to the Afghan who arrested members of the Taliban
Afghan man who was warned he would be hunted down and killed for working with UK authorities to arrest members of the Taliban said it was the UK’s ‘moral responsibility’ to help him escape with his family.
Hamid, whose real name was not included for security reasons, worked alongside the National Crime Agency (NCA) with a local force to arrest traffickers and drug traffickers in Afghanistan.
He said many of the criminals he arrested during house searches included high-ranking Taliban operatives who have now been released since the group captured the country.
Hamid told the PA news agency that he had requested resettlement in Britain but had not received a response from British authorities.
He has now gone into hiding with his wife and young children for fear of death if they are found.
“We were working side by side with the NCA and the UK Embassy… to save the world from these type of people who destroy people’s lives,” Hamid said.
“We have helped our country, (the) West and the world… now, as we are in trouble, we ask them to help us in return.
“We are criminals for (the Taliban), a very bad one because we have arrested their senior leaders and their powerful drug traffickers.
“They were telling us that we are going to hunt and kill you. “
He added: “To be honest, we destroyed their homes when we arrested them. We tore their families apart because they were the bad guys, not just to the Afghans, but to all mankind. “
Drug production and smuggling have been a major source of income for the Taliban in recent years, with Afghanistan responsible for the majority of the world’s opium supply.
It is estimated that 95% of the heroin for sale in the UK comes from the country, another reason the UK authorities have been so keen on cracking down on the trade.
Hamid worked with the NCA to target those involved in the illegal industry and said he was warned during the arrests: “Don’t trust foreigners because one day they will leave.
“However, we arrested them and put them behind bars for a very long time according to the law,” he added.
“Now they are free and all over Afghanistan and with more power than ever before.”
Hamid said of the British government: “I think it is their moral responsibility not to let people like us be slaughtered or tortured by the Taliban.
Since seizing Afghanistan, the Taliban have said there will be no recriminations for those helping Western authorities such as the UK and the US.
However, Hamid warned that there is a “big difference (between) what they say and what they do”.
“Since the fall of Kabul, our colleagues say their homes have been ransacked by the Taliban and the Taliban are now having nightly raids,” he told PA in a message through a translator.
It was reported that the organization captured biometric data collected by the United States in Kabul, which includes fingerprints and retinal scans – and Hamid said his and his entire family’s were in the base. data.
“My brother told me not to computerize (the ID cards) because they get your photo and all the fingerprints, but I was (an) employee and (I couldn’t refuse) the Afghan government”, did he declare.
“I did, and all of my (kids) and my wife… sooner or later they’ll all find us because you can’t hide your fingerprint.”
Hamid said he and his younger brother Ahmad, whose name has also been changed, are both “famous” in their home province for working with Westerners.
Ahmad, who is in his twenties and also has a child, calls for the evacuation to America as he is now in danger, having worked for American non-governmental organizations.
He told PA: “Yesterday I met (Hamid) his lips were dry and I (could) see the fear in the color of his face and his voice.
“He tried to give me courage, the confidence that everything will be fine and that we will find a way out together.
“I know that’s not happening… we don’t know that we’ll ever have a normal type of life here… I mean, how can you when you know the Taliban are killing you?”
Ahmad has said he would like to be able to move to the UK with his brother, but understands that this might not be possible.
“If that is not possible, yes it will be disheartening… I told my brother that at least we will be safe and, if all goes well, we can meet easily in the United States and the Kingdom. -United, ”he said.
“I never thought I would leave my country.”
An NCA spokesperson said: “All NCA officers have now been withdrawn from Afghanistan.
“For security reasons we cannot comment on individual cases, but we are in contact with the UK government regarding those who may be eligible for resettlement through their association with the NCA.
“We have already resettled a number of people and their families. “
A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said: “Our staff are working tirelessly to facilitate the swift evacuation of British nationals, Afghan staff and others at risk.
“The scale of the evacuation effort is enormous and we have helped more than 5,000 people leave Afghanistan since Sunday.