Probe panel vows to get to bottom of Kunduz fall
KABUL (Pajhwok): A high-level fact-finding commission tasked with investigating the fall of Kunduz City on Monday assured to get to the bottom of the northern province’s security shortcomings, insisting their findings should be start of the next steps by the government.
President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday appointed the delegation comprising Amrullah Saleh, a former head of the National Directorate of Security, Ghulam Farooq Warak, a former education minister, Fazel Karim Aimaq, Ayub Rafiqi and Abdullah Mohammadi to investigate the Kunduz incident from all angels independently.
The delegation would then submit their findings to the government and people of Afghanistan.
Amrullah Saleh, the delegation’s head, told journalists in Kabul although they would report to the president and the people, they were independent in their investigation as members of the panel were not government officials.
Saleh said based on the president’s directives all government officials irrespective of their ranks were answerable to the delegation and warned if any official attempted to tamper with evidence or forge any document would be considered criminal.
“At the beginning, we will analyse what was the threat in Kunduz. Secondly, we’d ascertain when the attack on Kunduz started, what was the reaction of the central government and local government and what were the shortcomings? We will evaluate all these issues,” he explained.
“We cannot restore national trust with rhetoric, talking and with individual analysis. The masses need to know the root cause of the Kunduz incident. What occurred and who were responsible? And who should be rewarded and who should be punished?”
Saleh said without any pre-judgment, fear or interest, the delegation would deliver its technical and national duty and would submit their report to the president. The findings, he said, should pave the way for revaluation of the failed structures and agencies in the government.
Saleh insisted the government, especially the president, had promised in written format that the delegation’s findings would provide the basis for government’s next moves.
Farooq Wardak also promised they would get into the root and reasons behind the fall of Kunduz city to insurgents. “We won’t consider rumours and irrelevant information, but will get to the bottom of the case with a national unity spirit. Our other aim in Kunduz is to ensure a responsive, active and stable system.”
Wardak said challenges would arise in their job, but they had a strong will to tackle and resolve them. He said there might be individuals who would escape from their responsibilities, but they would not be able to run away from the delegation.
“It is our duty to find out whether Kunduz incident was a failure, a conspiracy or both.”
Fazel Karim Aymaq, another member of the commission, said: “Our aim to visit Kunduz is to find domestic and external reasons that led to Kunduz’s fall. Our duty is to expose officials whose negligence let the city fall and they should be punished. Those who fought bravely should be rewarded.”
Abdullah Mohammadi, another member of the commission, assured people of Afghanistan that the delegation would thoroughly investigate the incident and would perform their duties independently.
The commission’s main focus would be on three fronts; collecting documents, questioning the central departments and visiting the field and analysing the evidence and documents.
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