Presidential Palace spurns reports on night raids
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Presidential Palace on Thursday said the government would never allow foreign and Afghan forces to conduct nighttime raids on civilian homes.
A statement from the Presidential Palace said media reports that quoted Afghan officials as saying that nighttime raids had been or would be allowed were completely baseless.
“No kind of military operations during night have been allowed,” the statement said.
It added President Ashraf Ghani had tasked the National Security Council (NSC) to evolve a procedure under Afghanistan laws for Afghan forces’ operations to bring them at par with Islamic and Afghan values and culture.
The president would review the procedure to satisfy himself that it did not threaten Afghan forces planning to conduct operations, the statement said.
Work on the proposed procedure was in progress and was yet to be finalised, it concluded.
The night raids’ deep unpopularity with the Afghan public had long put former president Hamid Karzai at odds with his American backers. Karzai had said the operations violated Afghan culture and values and created anger against foreign forces.
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