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MoD rejects Times report on bacha bazi in ANA ranks

MoD rejects Times report on bacha bazi in ANA ranks

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Sep 23, 2015 - 17:21

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Wednesday rejected as baseless media reports about the subculture of bacha bazi or "boy play” in the ranks of the Afghan National Army (ANA).

The MoD said in a statement that religious scholars at the ministry’s cultural and religious department had been effortlessly trying to keep informed the army personnel about the rich Islamic values and traditions even in far-flung localities and frontlines.

“We completely reject the report published in The New York Times about Afghan National Army as baseless,” said the statement.

The Times report focuses, in part, on the case of Dan Quinn, a former Special Forces captain in Afghanistaninfo-icon who was relieved from his duties after beating up an Afghan militia leader who had been spending his wages on “dancing boys,” even keeping a young boy chained to his bed as a sex slave.

The investigation suggests that in certain instances, American soldiers have been disciplined for disobeying a policy of nonintervention in cases of sexual abuse of children.

A day earlier, the Afghan Interior Ministry and NATOinfo-icon and US forces top commander in Afghanistan Gen. John Campbell also rejected the report as baseless.

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