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‘5th pillar term’ being used for political gains: Lawyers

‘5th pillar term’ being used for political gains: Lawyers

Oct 06, 2015 - 17:10

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Democratic Lawyers Association of Afghanistaninfo-icon on Tuesday warned against echoing the so-called “5th pillar” within the government without evidence, saying such provocations would deepen mistrust and eventually collapse the regime.

The lawyers were of the opinion that after Mullahinfo-icon Omar’s death was revealed, the idea of “5th pillar” started spreading through Afghanistan’s enemies and foreign spy agencies that had created distress among people.

Kabir Ranjbar, the association’s head, told journalists in Kabul there were circles who used the term for their political, personal and group interest. He urged the relevant departments including the Attorney General Office (AGO) to ask for evidence from those using the term frequently.

He added there was no doubt the pillar and foreign spies existed inside and out of the government, but the term was used by those who did not even know its meaning and only used it for their political interest.

“Raising the issue of “5th pillar” in a scandalous way and without presenting any evidence is causing tension and is deepening the crisis. And if this situation continues there is possibility of government imploding from inside.”

Ranjbar said based on the laws nobody could accuse a person for a crime without enough evidence, but in Afghanistan final judgments were issued by individuals which could prove catastrophic.

The term “5th Pillar” was first used during three years of Spanish civil wars in 1936-1939.

The term was used for those who worked as spies inside a government and tried to weaken it from within.



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