Nabil apologises to Ghazni university teachers
KABUL (Pajhwok): Spymaster Rahmatullah Nabil has tendered an apology to two university teachers from southern Ghazni province over their mistreatment during a brief detention on corruption charges.
The two Ghazni University teachers, Nasir Ahmad Aryen and Habibullah Kashfi, were detained by the provincial appellate attorney’s officials and National Directorate of Security personnel from the campus two days ago, when they were in classrooms.
The appellate attorney’s office head, Abdul Rashid, said the two teachers had been sent to jail on corruption charges and they had to wear prison uniform and their heads shaved according to the rules. The teachers were held in detention for two hours and their cases are yet to be cleared.
NDS chief Rahmatullah Nabil met the two teachers on Sunday and expressed sorrow over what happened to them in detention, an NDS statement said.
It said the two teachers had been mistreated in an unknown manner and two low-ranking NDS officials were indirectly involved in the incident. The two NDS officials had been detained and were currently being questioned, the statement said.
The statement quoted Nabil as apologising to the two teachers and all respected teachers of Afghanistan on behalf of the National Directorate of Security over the incident.
Nabil said the NDS officials regarded protection of the rights of Afghanistan’s citizens as their primary duty. The NDS officials embraced all kinds of threats and challenges posed by the enemy to the Afghanistan’s constitution, but they would never accept insult and intimidation of their countrymen, he said.
Nabil promised to the two university teachers that the incident would be thoroughly investigated and justice would be served.
Meanwhile, the Higher Education Ministry also condemned the incident and expressed its grave concern.
In a statement, the ministry said the “illegal act” was against the country’s laws and an insult to the entire teaching community.
It added misusing membership of the parliament and supporting unintelligent and absent students by illegally harassing teachers tantamount to poisoning the higher education.
The Higher Education Ministry urged the government, the national assembly, security and judicial organs to investigate the incident and bring to justice those involved.
Earlier, the Afghanistan University Teachers Association called shaving heads of the two teachers as a plot and insult and warned to take to the streets if the incident was not investigated.
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