A spokesperson of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Inamullah Samangani said that the detained commander of the Taliban Makhdoom Alam is accused of abduction, thus he has been arrested, and his case is being investigated.

Inamullah Samangani said that Alam was arrested by the intelligence of the IEA and has been transferred to the Afghan capital Kabul.

Makhdoom Alam was arrested in the northern Balkh province on Thursday, January 13 that triggered a furious demonstration in another northern Faryab province, his birthplace.

The protestors accused the IEA of ethnic discrimination against Uzbek people but Inamullah Samangani denied the accusation and added that people should not attribute the arrest to any specific ethnicity.

“The Taliban has the right to arrest and interrogate people who are accused of a misdemeanor. Makhdoom was asked by the local intelligence office in Balkh province and he himself went there.” Said the spokesman.

Makhdoom Alam who is a prominent commander of the Taliban in the north of Afghanistan has occupied the posts of shadow provincial governor of Faryab province and head of the military commission of the province by the Taliban during the previous Afghan government.