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Fact-finding panel submits findings on Kunduz fall

Fact-finding panel submits findings on Kunduz fall

Oct 31, 2015 - 16:52

KABUL (Pajhwok): The fact-finding commission has submitted a 200-page report of its findings to the president into Taliban’s occupation of Kunduz City, the capital of northern Kunduz province, officials said on Saturday.

The high-level commission, tasked with investigating the fall of Kunduz City, had assured getting to the bottom of security shortcomings, insisting that it findings should be the start of the government’s next steps.

On Oct, 10, 2015, President Ashraf Ghani appointed the high-level fact-finding commission comprising Amrullah Saleh, a former head of the National Directorate of Security, Ghulam Farooq Warak, a former education minister, Fazel Karim Aimaq, Ayub Rafiqi and Abdullah Mohammadi to investigate the fall of Kunduz City to Taliban from all angels independently, and submit their findings to the government and people of Afghanistan.

Taliban captured the strategic city on Sept. 28 and ruled for three days before they were gradually driven by Afghan security forces.

According to local officials, 166 civilians have been killed and 1300 others wounded during the two weeks of clashes which also displaced more than 20,000 families.

The commission on Saturday said it had honestly and accurately completed its investigation and submitted its 200-page report on Oct.29, 2015 to the National Security Council which would hand over the report to President Ashraf Ghani.

The panel head, Amrullah Saleh, said on his facebook page that the National Security Council carefully listened to remarks of the panel members and asked questions from them.

“It was decided at the last moments of the meeting that the organizations and government departments concerned should be given time to study the report. The president once again insisted that the findings should be confidential and that the commission should serve as a role model from independence and work perspectives,” he said.

According to Saleh, the president promised to the commission that the government would take all steps needed to implement ideas and suggestions given by the delegation.



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