President appoints 3 commissions on Kunduz collapse
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday appointed three commissions and named them security, civil and investigation to investigate the fall of Kunduz City, the capital of northern Kunduz province, to Taliban militants this week.
The Taliban seized Kunduz City late on Monday after launching a multi-thronged assault, capturing government buildings. The rebels torched some government departments, including the spy service provincial building and blocked all roads, patrolled the streets and hoisted their white flag at the city’s square in a sign of victory.
But the Taliban, including foreigners, were driven from the city during an overnight operation involving US forces airstrikes and ground offensive by Afghan security forces. The Afghan forces recaptured the city despite stiff resistance from the insurgents.
President Ghani announced at a press conference in Kabul on Thursday that the security commission, which started its work a day earlier, had brought under its control all roads of Kunduz. He said the commission would not allow irresponsible gunmen to enter the city because only the national defence and security forces would act to enforce the rule of law.
He said the civil commission would investigate the entire damage caused to Kunduz City and to facilitate especially the displaced families on the basis of its findings and the investigation commission would be appointed on Saturday to thoroughly study the reasons behind the collapse of Kunduz City and give answers to people’s questions about the fall.
“A government which believes in law cannot act like a kangaroo court. Everyone who has committed negligence in duty will face the law and at the same time those who gave sacrifices would be praised.”
The president said no one could take advantage by deteriorating situation and creating an atmosphere of distrust against security forces. “We respect the freedom of speech but the freedom should be within the framework of principles that prioritise the national interest.”
The president also thanked those who had the intention to fight against the insurgents in Kunduz City, but said: “The use of weapons can be carried out within government regulations. We welcome the spirit of patriotism. These people should be encouraged into joining the army, police and the intelligence to perform their duty there.”
Thanking the Afghan security forces for retaking Kunduz City, the president hoped any doubts about the ability and resolve of the defence and security forces had been removed. He said the operation to retake Kunduz City had been successful and that no security personnel had been killed.
“Since the start of the year, I have been saying this year will be the toughest in areas of defence and security. Unfortunately our predictions proved right and fortunately in light of our suggestions our defence forces have been able to combat the imposed war.”
The president said retaking Kunduz should not lead to their negligence because the war was still ongoing. Even today, he said, security were engaged in other provinces besides Kunduz, they had achievements but faced problems as well.
He said all those giving no importance to the lives of Afghanistan people, their properties and security were the enemies of Afghanistan operated under any name and all the security forces would stand against them.
To a question why he did not previously give permission for operations in Kunduz, the president said he had never prevented operations in Kunduz because every battalion from the top to bottom did not need separate permission and all had been given the permission conduct military operations.
About claims by some lawmakers, jihadi commanders and others that there were individuals within the government who had hand in insecurities and particularly in the fall of Kunduz, Ghani said every politician and jihadi figure who had evidence in this regard should share the evidence with the spy service and the commission tasked with investigating the Kunduz incident.
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