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Analysts chide Rabbani over recent remarks

Analysts chide Rabbani over recent remarks

Jul 20, 2015 - 20:35

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Analysts on Monday called as illegal recent remarks by Minister of Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani, asking the government to take action against him.

Rabbani, who also leads the Jamiat-e-Islami Afghanistaninfo-icon, recently told Badakhshan residents and security officials that mujahideeninfo-icon’s role in ensuring security should not be ignored.

Rabbani said the Mujahideen fought the Soviet Union without salaries and they could take a decisive part in ensuring security. “Mujahideen support a government that ensures justice. After Talibaninfo-icon’s regime, it were the Muhahideen who surrendered weapons and took part in establishing a democratic government.”

The foreign minister linked the growing insecurity to the presence of foreign fighters in Badakhshan and said their activities would affect Badakhshan’s neighboring countries.

Mohammad Hassan Haqyar, a political analyst, said such remarks were not in favour of the country. “Unfortunately the foreign minister is interfering in responsibilities of others. He is foreign minister not interior minister. He should talk about foreign affairs and country’s foreign policies.”

According to Haqyar, the mujahideen had a major presence in the unity government. “Some want to use jihadinfo-icon’s name to get privileges from the government. They scare the government to give powerful positions to their men.”

Haqyar said it was illegal for Rabbani to hold two positions at the same time and should have resigned as the head of Jamiat party the moment he was appointed as foreign minister.

Atiqullah Amarkhail, a military and political commentator, said: “Fighting the Soviets was correct and there is no problem if they stand against a foreign invasion today. But when they talk about their role in security matters is not correct because now we have an army and police and they are all mujahideen and the sons of mujahideen.”

Amarkhail said at the moment people needed unity and such remarks should be avoided.

Bashir Bezhan, another analyst, said jihadi leaders had the right to meet people and listen to their problems, but when they held a government position then they should talk and act within the ambit of laws.

“Unfortunately some government officials still don’t know about their responsibilities and say things that have no benefit,” he added.



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