Uruzgan health director arrested on terror charges
TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Intelligence officials on Sunday arrested the public health director for central Uruzgan province on charges that he trained terrorists in health centres, prompting doctors and staff to close down the civil hospital.
Mohammad Nayab, the spokesman for the acting governor, told Pajhwok Afghan News the public health director, Dr. Khan Agha Miakhel , was arrested by National Directorate of Security (NDS) officials in the morning and he was being interrogated.
He said the director had been accused of training terrorists in health centres from where security forces and government officials were attacked.
He said this allegation against Dr. Khan Agha had been leveled by the director of courts, Maulvi Mohammad Jan. Nayab said Maulvi Mohammad Jan had claimed that Dr. Khan Agha had appointed mostly Pakistanis in a number of health clinics and the Pakistanis were involved in terrorist activities.
Mohammad Jan told Pajhwok Afghan News that he possessed credible documents in support of his claims.
He said he came under attack from a building rented by the Public Health Department and as a result, a youth was killed and his son injured.
A few days ago, Mohammad Jan said some masked gunmen on motorcycles in front of the same building wanted to attack him, but they did not succeed.
He said a number of Pakistanis had been appointed in offices and buildings related to the Public Health Department. He accused the Pakistanis of being involved in terrorist and immoral activities.
A member of the provincial council also confirmed receiving complaints against the public health director.
Meanwhile, doctors and other staff at the provincial civil hospital in Tarinkot, the provincial capital, closed down the hospital in protest against the arrest of the director.
Chief doctor at the hospital, Dr. Yad Wali, told Pajhwok Afghan News they went on strike in compliance with orders from Public Health Department officials.
He said besides Dr. Khan Agha, arrest warrants for several doctors had been issued in order to be investigated.
A civil society activist, Ahmad Javed, said complaints against the public health director had lately increased and that he should be thoroughly investigated.
The closure of the civil hospital has created numerous problems for patients.
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