Senate to investigate Paghman ‘night letters’
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga on Sunday formed a delegation to investigate “night letters” that opposed funeral prayers for deceased government officials in the Paghman district of central Kabul province.
The letters had been distributed two weeks ago in various parts of Paghman asking religious scholars and imams not to lead funeral prayers for government and security officials.
Upper house member from Kabul, Nisar Haris, told the session that the night letters had raised concerns. He said such acts should be investigated and prevented; otherwise the security situation in Paghman would become different.
Senate Chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar said: “The distribution of night letters is not a matter of concern. A delegation should be appointed to investigate the issue.”
Muslimyar tasked senators from Kabul and members of the house Defence Commission, Nisar Haris and Farhad Sakhi, to investigate the issue and present a report in the house on Tuesday next.
The chairman said administrative corruption and lawlessness resulted in increased activities of the opposition forces, a reference to the insurgents.
Paghman police chief Col. Amarullah Paghmani said the nigh letters were distributed fortnight ago in various parts of the town. He said the insurgents had warned religious scholars and prayer leaders against offering funeral prayers for government and security officials.
He said two suspects had been arrested in connection with the matter and handed over to the intelligence department for further investigation.
However, he said the letters had no impact on local residents and no religious scholar and imam had paid attention to the warning.
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