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Karzai appoints team to probe Jawzjan protest

Karzai appoints team to probe Jawzjan protest

Jun 23, 2013 - 14:17

KABULinfo-icon/SHIBERGHAN (PANinfo-icon): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday tasked a delegation with investigating recent tension between the governor of northern Jawzjan province and Uzbek warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum.

Led by Presidential Advisor on Social Affairs Abdul Majeed, the team has been directed to probe the issue and ascertain reasons for recent protests in Shiberghan, the capital of Jawzjan.

A statement from the Office of Administrative Affairs said the delegation would thoroughly look into the matter with cooperation from the departments concerned, tribal elders, influential figures and members of the provincial council.

The team would report its findings to the Presidential Palace as soon as possible, the statement added.

The team is comprised of Maj. Gen. Syed Rahim Saeed from the Office of Administrative Affairs, Brig. Gen. Mir Ahmad from the Ministry of Defence, Brig. Gen. Ali Mast from the Ministry of Interior, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Sadiq from the National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon), Brig. Gen. Mohammad Qaem from the Attorney General Office (AGO) and Abdul Habib, a representative of the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG).

Meanwhile, Jawzjan Governor Mohammad Alam Sayee said he was awaiting the delegation. “I’m responsible to the central government and will obey any decision it takes regarding my fate,” he added.

Last week, Dostum and his gunmen reportedly attacked the governor’s office in Shiberghan and clashed with his guards for 10 minutes.

On Wednesday, hundreds of Dostum’s supporters staged a protest against Sayee in Shiberghan, accusing him of attacking their leader.

The protest was called off on Saturday after tribal elders met Dostum and informed him about their negotiations with the governor.

Maulviinfo-icon Abdul Hai Hayat, an aide to Dostum and the provincial council chief, said they had ended their protest in the interest of Jawzjan residents.

He said the protest had come to an end after progress was made in talks between tribal elders and Dostum.

But Sayee has accused the former general of forcing him to support his party and cut ties to the Karzai government.

The Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) later warned Dostum against fuelling unrest in the province, saying it supported the governor and condemned the attack on his office.


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