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Pakistan accused as probe into massacre begins

Pakistan accused as probe into massacre begins

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Aug 03, 2014 - 18:01

FIROZKOH (Pajhwok): A President Hamid Karzai-appointed delegation arrived on Sunday in western Ghorinfo-icon province to investigate the killing of 15 people, including womeninfo-icon and children, by unknown gunmen last month.

The civilians were shot dead a week earlier after being pulled off a bus in the Padgah locality on the outskirts of Firozkoh, the provincial capital. 

Ghor Governor Syed Anwar Rahmati accused Pakistaninfo-icon of its involvement in staging the massacre through a Talibaninfo-icon commander named Qari Rahmatullah.

The governor claimed Rahmatullah, who spent winter in Pakistan and returned to Ghor in summer, was directly involved in the incident.

He complained a small number of security personnel could not deal with the growing Taliban’s activities in the province.

Around 35,000 security forces were struggling to maintain the government’s writ against 65,000 armed rebels in the province, he added.

Rahmati said the probe team had reached the province to hold meetings with local officials and provincial council members about the killing of 15 innocent people.

The Taliban had already distanced themselves from the killings.

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