Taliban to the EU Leaders: We’ll Take Back Afghan Criminals

A top official of the newly created Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has communicated that the government is ready and willing to take back criminal Afghans living in Europe – something many third-world governments refuse to do.  

In one of his first interviews with western media since seizing power, Zabihullah Mujahid, the official spokesperson of the Taliban, told a journalist from the Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung that the government is open to taking back convicted Afghan criminals who’ve been issued deportation orders in Europe.

When asked whether his government would receive convicted criminals slated for repatriation, Mujahid said: “Yes. They would be taken to court. The court would then have to decide how to proceed with them.”

Presently, some 40,000 and 250,000 Afghans are living in Austria and Germany, respectively. 

In a recent interview, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz made it clear that his country wouldn’t be resettling any additional Afghans if another migrant crisis like one seen in 2015-2016 was to occur.

“There are still big problems with the integration, and we are therefore against an additional inclusion,” Kurz said in a recent interview.

In Germany, however, foreign minister Heiko Maas recently pledged to resettle at least 70,000 Afghans, despite figures from the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) showing that the 250,000 Afghans living there have committed a disproportionate amount of crime in the past few years.