Hamdard accuses govt of double standards over militias
KABUL (Pajhwok): A member of Hezb-i-Islamic Councils Alliance and former governor Juma Khan Hamdard has accused the unity government of having double standards when it comes to the creation of private militias in the east and the north.
Hamdard’s spokesman Roohullah Samon told Pajhwok Afghan News on Thursday that Hamdard had reacted to the issue of private militias against Islamic State group in support of Haji Zahir Qadir, the Wolesi Jirga’s first deputy speaker.
Qadir had recently said the government was not properly dealing with the Daesh threat and was also not allowing them to deal with the outfit.
A day earlier, hundreds of tribal elders and lawmakers held a gathering in Jalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province. They voiced their support for the national security forces and opposition to the creation of private militias.
Hamard had said they condemn the creation of private militia forces in the country’s north, east, south and other zones.
“We don’t consider the creation of militias in the country’s interest. These are the forces pushing the country into instability.”
But Hamdard said the militias had been created in the north in order to weaken a particular party and they could hear “the screams and cries” of the oppressed majority on a daily basis through the media.
The former Paktia governor said: “These militias in the north have violated the secrecy of people’s lives, they have committed moral crimes, have usurped people’s properties and commit overt and mysterious killings. They have weakened the government from within and the fall of Kunduz is the best example.”
Hamdard said they were against the creation of private militias from the beginning and asked the government to shun its double standards in this regard.
“The government is silent over the private militias and armed wings of political parties in the north, but when Haji Qadir picked up the gun against Daesh, the government has opposed it. The fact is that Qadir’s action is more righteous thatn the movement in the north.”
Hamdard warned the government’s double standards would weaken the regime itself and the day was not far when these militias would create a number challenges for the government.
National Security Council spokesman Tawab Ghorzang said they allowed no one to create private militias and asked the government to investigate Qadir’s efforts in this regard.
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