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Gen. Dostum to probably return home, says Ghani

Gen. Dostum to probably return home, says Ghani

Jul 15, 2018 - 19:36

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday said his first vice-president Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum would probably return to Afghanistaninfo-icon, assuring investigation into civilian casualties in Paktia and detention of people in Faryab province.

Political parties demands about elections

A day earlier, leaders and representatives of a number of political parties and groups such as Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon Gulbuddin, Jamiat-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistan, Wahadat-i-Islami Afghanistan and Junbish-i-Milli and some others termed the voter registration process as inappropriate, fraudulent and demanded fresh registration of voters using biometric system.

The political parties also stressed transparency in upcoming polls by changing the current Single-Non-Transferable Vote (SNTV) system to Multi-Dimensional Representation (MDR).

They had warned: “If the government, the IECinfo-icon and the international community do not accept our demands and continued with their defective process, we consider it a crisis for Afghanistan.”

Addressing a press conference, President Ashraf Ghani while responding to a question regarding the political parties’ demands, said: “The Constitution will be implemented by 100 percent, no Jirgainfo-icon (council) or movement is acceptable, the Constitution is clear and defined.”

He stressed that only public’s decision was important and said 8.6 million people had so far registered as voters so far for the upcoming Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon and district council elections while the United Nations (UN) had recommended that 4.2 million voters were enough.

Talking about political parties’ Saturday meeting, he said: “Who are these politicians who make decisions on behalf of Afghanistan people, who chose them, what percentage of votes they have obtained?

“I came here based on the Afghans’ votes, I had no power or gold, I came here by my ideas, what they did who had power in Afghanistan for four decades.”

“When I came to power, the treasure was empty, foreign forces were withdrawing and we had no foreign fund for our security and defense, in which direction we are moving now, we should celebrate the current situation,” he said.

About the political parties suggestions, Ghani asked: “Is it possible to apply the biometric system in six months? Are people of Afghanistan satisfied with extension in parliament work. Do people support extension in presidential elections.”

He said there was no alternative to elections and he had never attempted to interfere in IEC affairs because transparent elections were a priority of the government. “We accept any decision made by the Supreme Court.”

The president called political parties’ participation in elections as important, but said the parties should also know their responsibilities and the situation of Afghanistan.

Ghani said he and the government had never contained freedom of a political party or figure and had always discussed major issues with them.

He asked political parties to keep in mind the Constitution while seeking solutions to any political issue.

Return of VP Dostum

In response to a question about the return of first VP Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum from Turkey, President Ashraf Ghani said: “The return issue of Dostum is under deliberation, he would most probably return, I have talked with the attorney general because it is a legal issue, more information on this regard would be shared later with you.”

Dostum quietly left Kabul for Turkey last year in May after he was accused of rape and torture by a political rival Ahmad Ischi. Dostum has since been living in exile in Turkey.

Nizamuddin Qaisari, Dostum’s representative for uprising groups in Faryab, and his bodyguards were captured by Afghan commando forces on July 2 from Maimana, the capital of Faryab province and later shifted to Kabul for further investigations.

But a number of people in Faryab have been stating protests since then demanding and release of Qaisari. Three supporters of Qaisari were killed and five others injured after the protest turned violent. Some reports said Afghan forces had mistreated Qaisari’s bodyguards.

President Ghani supported the Afghan commando forces for what he called their commitment to law enforcement and said monopoly and use of legitimate power should be a government’s authority.

He said he as commander in chief of the country’s armed forces, he would not accept any misbehaviors and actions violating the law of Afghan security and defense forces.

“I have ordered relevant organs to comprehensively and immediately investigate the images of Faryab detainees (that show torture of Afghans forces) and reports about civilian casualties during operations in Paktia and Nangarhar provinces and share the final report with the commander in chief,” he said.

According to reports, around 20 people were killed during an operation of Afghan forces in Zurmat district of Paktia on Friday night.

The president stressed punishment to the offenders and said public consensus existed for bringing stability to the country.

The presence of illegal armed groups has turned into a challenge in the country and that was why people requested operations in Faryab, Uruzgan, Farah and other parts of the country, he said.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) recently announced detaining  Qaisari, Mohammad Daud Mubariz who sold weapons and security posts to Talibaninfo-icon in Farah province, Rahimullah, an illegal commander in Uruzgan province and Nader Shah, a smuggler of precious stones and drugs in Badakhshan.

Ghani said Afghan security and defense forces would become more powerful in order to bring stability and have direct impact on peace negotiations.

Peace and Ulemainfo-icon conference in Saudi Arabia

President Ashraf Ghani termed the recent Ulema conference in Saudi Arabia as important and said the conference called the ongoing war in Afghanistan as ‘fitna’

“This is the voice of Afghanistan, Indonesia and the Haramayn Ulema for peace, this is the voice of all Afghans and the government. Ulema discharged their responsibility and talked about the legitimacy of the war in Afghanistan, now the Taliban have no reason for (continuing war),” he said.

Ghani said there had been no national consensus for peace since a decade and ceasefire and peace was a national unity government’s initiative.



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