Pakistan fomenting ethnic tension in Afghanistan: Junbish
The accusation comes after three alleged bombers, who planned to target the party’s leader Abdul Rashid Dostum, also the first Vice-President, were arrested in northern Faryab province.
Azizullah Kargar, who heads the Jumbish party’s central council, told a gathering in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, that the gathering was held to condemn Pakistan and muster support for the anti-Taliban push Dostum has been leading in the north.
Kargar told Pajhwok Afghan News on the sidelines of the gathering that General Dostum had initiated the anti-Taliban operation in compliance with a decision of the National Security Council (NSC) and President Ashraf Ghani’s directives.
To a question about allegations that Dostum has revived private militia forces in Faryab, he said Dostum being the vice-president did not need to create private militias because all Afghan forces were behind him. “Such propagandas are being churned out by Pakistani spies on the behalf of Pakistan,” he remarked.
Kargar alleged Pakistan though such propaganda was trying to fuel ethnic tension in Afghanistan.
He said a day earlier three Uzbek Taliban fighters were arrested in the Qaiser district and were handed over the intelligence department.
He said the vice-president had launched the operation against Taliban and anyone associated with the group was Afghanistan’s enemy.
Another Junbish stalwart in Balkh Najibullah Kargar told the gathering that elements trying to create insecurity in northern provinces had received training in Pakistan before being sent to Afghanistan. He asked the government to adopt a clear stance on Pakistan.
Kargar said the Dostum-led operation in the north, particularly in Faryab, was aimed at clearing the region from militants.
Residents of some Pashtuns-dominated areas in Qaiser district complain gunmen affiliated with the so-called People’s Movement are harassing civilians, looting their houses and robbing them of valuables.
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