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Afghanistan Embassy in Italy condemns forced eviction of Ismaili families from Baghlan

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

The Embassy of Afghanistan in Italy condemned in a statement on Wednesday the “forced eviction of 70 Ismaili families by Taliban” forces. According to the statement, the Taliban have told these families to vacate their homes in the Pul-e-Khumri district of Baghlan province by the “third day of Eid al-Adha.”

The Afghan Embassy accused the Taliban of attempting to forcibly evict the Ismaili families and coerce them into converting to the Sunni faith. The statement emphasized that the Ismailis of Shamark are original inhabitants of Badakhshan and have been residing on the outskirts of Pul-e-Khumri for over 30 years.

According to the embassy, the Taliban have informed these families that their homes do not belong to them.

The Embassy of Afghanistan, citing local sources, stated that “the Taliban have given Ismailis until the third day of Eid al-Adha to vacate their homes.”

Khaled Zekrya, the Ambassador of Afghanistan to Italy, condemned the Taliban’s decision, stating that “these families are in poor economic conditions and cannot afford to relocate.”

Taliban officials have not yet commented on the “eviction of Ismaili families from the Pul-e-Khumri district.”

The Ismailis of Afghanistan, often referred to as the Pamiris, trace their roots back to the ancient Pamir region, which encompasses parts of present-day Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, and China.

The Ismaili community in Afghanistan predominantly resides in the northeastern province of Badakhshan, particularly in the remote and mountainous regions. This province is known for its diverse ethnic and religious composition, and the Ismaili population is a significant component of its cultural fabric.

Moreover, they primarily inhabit the eastern Hazarajat, northern Baghlan near the Hindu Kush, Badakhshan’s mountainous Tajik regions, and the Wakhan Corridor among the Wakhi.

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