The Taliban has reportedly arrested a top cleric who had called on the country to resist the militant group’s insurgency — sharing a photo of him blindfolded.
Maulvi Mohammad Sardar Zadran, the former head of the National Council of Religious Scholars of Afghanistan, was photographed looking forlorn as he sat on the ground with his hands clasped together and a strip of brown material covering his eyes.
The clip was released by the Taliban as proof that it had arrested the outspoken cleric, according to the Pajhwok Afghan News agency.
His son Samiullah told RFE/RL that his father was forced from his home in Khost and driven away by Taliban fighters on Sunday. There was no immediate word on where he was being held or if he was safe.
The reported display of him blindfolded and arrested again contradicts the Taliban’s claim that it wanted peace and was offering an amnesty to anyone who had resisted or worked against the group in the past.