2 Ghazni university teachers briefly held on graft charges
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): The appellate attorney has detained and released two university teachers in cooperation with intelligence officials in southern Ghazni province on corruption charges.
The attorney’s office head, Abdul Rashid Abid, told Pajhwok Afghan News the two teachers had been released after their arrest and charges against them were being investigated.
The teachers have been accused of depriving some students from taking exam and preparing fake attendance for absent students.
The intelligence officials had shaved heads of the university teachers during interrogation.
One of them, Nasir Ahmad Oryen, said they had been insulted and demanded an investigation into their detention. He told Pajhwok Afghan News they were innocent and had committed no crime.
He said the students had been deprived of exam five years ago and they had no role in that. He asked why the issue was not raised five years ago. “Yesterday, we were busy teaching at the class when attorney office officials came and arrested us and cut short our hair in detention.”
The second university teacher, Habibullah Kashifi, said it was a plot orchestrated by Wolesi Jirga and provincial council members.
He said the student, who had been deprived of exam, was nephew of a Wolesi Jirga member Ali Akbar Qasimi.
He said a provincial council member visited the campus and threatened all teachers of dire consequences. He also threatened that a female student would claim her harassment at teachers’ hand. The teacher said they had been insulted and the government should investigate it.
A tribal elder in Ghazni City, Maulana Abdul Rahman Hakimi, strongly condemned the action by the attorney’s office and the National Directorate of Security officials. He said the incident for which the two teachers were insulted had taken place years ago.
Ghazni Peace Council secretary Khalil Hotak said a provincial council member, Chengiz, ruled the entire province like a king. He said the arrest and shaving heads of the two teachers was an insult to the entire province.
Abdul Rashid Abid, the attorney’s office chief, said the hair cut was performed in line with jail rules.
The university administration could not be reached for comments.
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