Government will collapse if I present evidence: Qadir
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga deputy speaker on Wednesday said the government might collapse if he presented evidenceof the National Security Council’s support for the Islamic State (IS) -- also known as Daesh.
On November 23, Zahir Qadir, told a general session of the lower house that Daesh leaders were living in Kabul under the patronage of the NSC. He had accused the government of aiding the dreaded militant outfit.
Qadir had also rejected claims that Afghan security forces had killed a large number of Daesh fighters in eastern Nangarhar province, saying the IS rebels had been killed by local people.
But his claims were rejected by the council, as well as the Ministry of Interior. President Ashraf Ghani has already appointed a delegation to investigate the deputy speaker’s assertions.
A number of lawmakers came up with angry reactions to Qadir’s allegations and asked the government to thoroughly investigate his claims.
But Qadir, showing the lawmakers a CD, said, “I have evidences on this tape in support of my claims. But if I present proofs, the government may fall. Since I don’t want the government to fall, I hold back this evidence,”
But legislator from Nangarhar province indicated his readiness to produce the information before an organisation that had the ability to scrutinise it properly, not before the commission appointed by the president.
He demanded a change in the leadership of security forces, saying he had never tried, and would never do so in the future, to weaken the morale of the security personnel.
Qadir formally announced the creation of an anti-Taliban uprising group in the Shinwari area of Nangarhar. He acknowledged his personal involvement in the creation of the local militia.
The security situation had significantly improved after the militia was raised in the Shinwari region, he added, asking the government to support the group and form more militias in the framework of the ministry concerned.
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