KABUL: The Taliban have dismissed about 3,000 members accused of abusive practices from its movement in a widespread "vetting process" launched since coming to power, an official said Saturday.
The Taliban took back control of Afghanistan in August after a 20-year insurgency against former US-backed governments and NATO foreign forces.
Promising a softer rule to their 1996-2001 regime, the Taliban government launched a commission to identify members who were flouting the movement's regulations.
"They were giving a bad name to the Islamic Emirate. They were removed in this vetting process so that we can build a clean army and police force in the future," the head of the panel Latifullah Hakimi in the defence ministry told AFP.
So far about 2,840 members had been dismissed, he said.
"They were involved in corruption, drugs and were intruding in people's private lives. Some also had links with Daesh," Hakimi said, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group.
Hakimi said those suspended were from 14 provinces and the process to "filter out" such members will continue in other provinces.