Badakhshan tragedy linked to defence minister's absence
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Civil Movement for Social Justice (CMSJ) on Thursday condemned killing and beheading of soldiers in northeastern Badakhshan province, asking the government to urgently introduce a nominee for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Chief of Army Staff.
Based on reports, at least 27 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed after a group of heavily-armed insurgents attacked security check posts in Juram district of Badakhshan. At least eight of the soldiers were then beheaded.
Killing and beheading of the soldiers were widely condemned across the country. The government failure to appoint defence minister was blamed for massive failure in Badakhshan.
Director CMSJ Ahmad Zaki told journalists in Kabul the unity government wasted around eight months to name an efficient person to head the vital Ministry of Defence.
“The result is what we see today. A rise in suicide bombings and fighting, surge in violence against women, increase in kidnappings on highways and rampant poverty and unemployment,” he added.
Ahmad Shah Stanikzai, another CMSJ member, hailed the bravery of soldiers in Badakhshan province, saying despite lack of leadership, air support, and heavy weaponry they fought till their last bullets. He blamed government’s shortcomings for the death of the soldiers.
The CMSJ urged the government to introduce a nominee for MoD, and chief of army staff. They also asked the government to prosecute those officials who did not perform their duties diligently.
It is widely believed that differences between President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah have resulted in delay to pick a nominee for the ministry of defence.
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