‘Police unable to arrest individuals involved in portraits case’
KABUL (Pajhwok): Member of First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid led Jumbish-i-Islami led party in northern Balkh province said on Friday that police failed to arrest individuals who brought down the portrait of their leader, but police said they performed their duty.
Earlier, Protesters in northern Sar-i-Pul and Samangan provinces asked the government to identify and take legal action against individuals involved in removing portraits of the Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum in the capital of northern Balkh province.
Numbering around 3,000, the protestors, coming from various districts, rallied in Sar-i-Pul City, the provincial capital, and demanded punishment for those who brought down two portraits of the VP in Mazar-i-Sharif on the new year’s night.
The next day, Supporters of Dostum and Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor took to the streets in Maimana, Faryab’s capital, and held rallies which turned violent eventually.
One person was killed and four others were wounded after rival protestors met in a square and clashed in northwestern Faryab province on Thursday, hospital sources said. Similar protest held in Sar-i-Pul, Balkh and Jawzjan provinces after the picture of Dotum was brought down by unknown persons during Nawroz celebrations in Mazar-i-Sharif.
Kaniska Turkistani, head of the Jumbish party’s youth union, said personnel of Zabihullah Fitrat, deputy spokesperson of Jamiat-i-Islami political party was involved in in bring down the pictures of Dostum, but police had no power to arrest them.
He alleged that Zabihullah warned us not to post these pictures which were planned to be posted in five location of the city.
He said he telephoned Fitrat and told him not to remove the portraits of Gen. Dostum.
When contacted Zabihullah, he strongly reject the allegation and said he did not tear and bring down the portraits of Dostum.
Police Spokesman Sher Jan Durrani said that police did everything regarding the issue. Earlier Balkh police announced the arrest of five individual in connection of this case.
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