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WJ again task delegation to assess Qaisari’s detention

WJ again task delegation to assess Qaisari’s detention

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Jul 14, 2018 - 17:31

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon or lower house of the parliament on Saturday assigned a commission for the assessment of Nizamuddin Qaisari’s detention while some of the house members were divided over the case.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) recently announced detaining  Qaisari, commander of illegal armed group in Faryab, Mohammad Daud Mubariz who sold weapons and security posts to Taliban in Farah province, Rahimullah, an illegal commander in Uruzgan province and Nader Shah, a smuggler of precious stones and drugs in Badakhshan.

But a number of people in Faryab staged protests and demanded the release of Qaisari. Three supporters of Qaisari were killed and five others injured after the protest turned violent. Protesters also attacked government facilities and set fire to vehicles and the governor’s house.

The protestors also shut the gates of provincial branches of the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) in Faryab, Sar-I-Pul, Jawzjan, Balkh and Samangan provinces.

Mohammad Arif Rahmani, a Wolesi Jirga member told today’s session of the house that Afghan security forces mistreated Qaisari’s guards, an issue he urged should be investigated.

He said Qaisari’s detention was ordered by a specific person or office and the Wolesi Jirga should not ignore that fact.

A number of other lawmakers had similar views.

However, Mohammad Yousuf Sabir, another lawmaker said that Afghan security forces did a great job in detention of Qaisari and his bodyguards.

Justice should be sought for those who were oppressed by Qaisari and his armed supporters, he said.

Wolesi Jirga speaker, Abdur Raouf Ibrahimi, said that the lower house has previously decided about the issue but a delegation was not so far appointed for its assessment.

He said a joint delegation comprised of commissions of defense, internal security and justice should assess the detention of Qaisari, Afghan forces treatment of Qiasari’s supporters and protests triggered by the issue in the north.

A day earlier, eight bodyguards of Qaisari were released from detention center but Qaisari and a number of his supporters were still in custody.

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