Rahmatullah Nabil, the former Afghan intelligence chief, revealed that he had obtained a list showing that along with several other politicians, he had been threatened by certain groups.
Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, met with Rahmatullah Nabil along with former finance minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, senior Hezb-e-Islami member Karim Amin, and a number of other political figures on Tuesday.
According to Sapidar Palace, the leaders shared their security concerns with Abdullah.
Nabil said that he had obtained a “hit” list which showed that he and a number of former government officials and politicians had received death threats.
According to Nabil, the threats were made because of his “clear views on current issues in the country.”
“This is how they want to silence our voice,” Nabil reportedly said, according to the press release.
The officials called such acts a threat to the freedom of expression and called for an investigation.
“Freedom of expression is a principle in the country’s political system. No individual or group has the right to deprive the citizens of the country for any reason, especially because of the expression of their views,” said Abdullah.
Nabil’s remarks to the chairman came after he posted an “assassination list” on his Twitter account that was allegedly released by Taliban insiders.
The list also included names of former chief of staff Abdul Karim Khurram, Qazi Mohammad Amin Waqad, Pajhwok Afghan News director Danish Karokhel, and many others.
The Taliban have not yet commented, but Nabil had said at the time: “We are well aware of this stupid game by domestic and foreign mercenary groups!”
Abdullah noted that threatening certain figures for expressing their thoughts was a “crime.”
He promised to talk to the president and security officials about the necessary steps to be taken.