Afghanistan’s embassy in Italy condemns Taliban’s order to evict Ismaili families

Pul-e-Khumri City, Baghlan province. File photo.

ROME — Afghanistan’s embassy in Italy has condemned a Taliban’s alleged order to evict Ismaili families from their homes in Baghlan province, according to a statement released on Wednesday.

The embassy accused the Taliban of forcing the Ismaili families in Baghlan to convert to Sunni Islam.

So far, Taliban has not commented on the allegations.

Khalid Zakaria, Afghanistan’s ambassador to Italy, stated in the embassy’s release that these families are in dire economic straits and lack the means to relocate.

Earlier reports indicated that the Taliban had ordered 70 Ismaili families in the Shomraq area of Pul-e-Khumri district in Baghlan to vacate their homes. According to these reports, widely circulated on social media, the Taliban gave the families until the third day of Eid al-Adha to leave their homes.