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    Karzai urged to appoint honest HR officials

    KABUL (PAN): Civil Society Coordination Jirga officials on Saturday urged President Hamid Karzai to keep the national interest supreme in appointing new members of the human rights commission.

    On Friday the president's office said the five-year term of three top officials of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) had expired and Karzai would not give them any extension.

    AIHRC chief, Nader Naderi, said Karzai had fired him and two others from the government's human rights watchdog. "We have heard that we're being removed, but we haven't been notified yet," he added.

    Also dismissed from the nine-member body were Ahmad Fahim Hakim and Maulvi Ghulam Mohammad Gharib, a cleric from southern Kandahar province.

    In a statement the jirga urged the president to appoint impartial people committed to protecting the national interest, respecting the human rights and promoting peace.

    Speaking to Pajhwok Afghan News, Karzai's spokesman Aimal Faizi spurned reports that the commission was working on a landmark report about rights abuses by senior government officials. The president would appoint new members of the commission as soon as possible, he promised.