Ghani appoints team to probe Qadir’s allegations
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has appointed a delegation to investigate the allegations of Wolesi Jirga’s first deputy speaker who accused the government of supporting Islamic State (IS) or Daesh in the country.
A statement from the Presidential Palace quoted President Ghani as saying that such claims by Zahir Qadir could disturb people’s mind, weaken the morale of security forces and damage the country’s reputation in the fight against IS terrorists.
The statement said the allegations would be investigated in order to respect the rights of people’s representatives and improve security in the country.
According to a decree issued by the president, the delegation has two members and a chairman – including Nasrullah Stanikzai as its head and Abdul Fatah Azizi and Mir Mohammad Anwar Sadat as members.
The decree said the team has been tasked with assessing evidence produced by the first deputy spokesman of the Wolesi Jirga in accordance with the Constitution, the law on internal and external crimes, and other laws including the lower house code of conduct.
The team is also responsible to investigate arming of some irresponsible people and to provide a report about the issue to the president within a week.
The decree has mentioned that the National Security Council (NSC), the government minister's office in parliamentary affairs, the Ministry of Information and Culture, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) and the ministries of interior and defense have been directed to cooperate with the team during its investigation.
On November 23, Zahir Qadir told a general session of the Wolesi Jirga that officials of Daesh were living in capital Kabul. He also accused the government of supporting the IS group.
Qadir claimed having evidence that the NSC was directly involved in supporting Daesh group and said he would share the document with the Wolesi Jirga at an appropriate time.
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