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Gen. Raziq laid to rest in Kandahar amid tight security

Gen. Raziq laid to rest in Kandahar amid tight security

Oct 20, 2018 - 15:14

KANDAHAR (Pajhwok): The slain police chief for southern Kandahar province, Gen. Abdul Raziq, was laid to rest in this provincial capital city amid tight security yesterday noon.

Hundreds of tribal elders, security and civil government officials and security personnel attended the funeral of Gen. Raziq, who was killed on Thursday in an insider’s attack at the governor’s house along with the provincial intelligence and military chiefs.

The attack that narrowly missed US and NATOinfo-icon forces top commander Gen. Scott Miller also injured the provincial governor, Zalmai Weesa.

Deputy governor for social affairs, Haji Agha Lalai Dastagiri, told Pajhwok that it was a huge loss for Afghanistaninfo-icon and especially Kandahar province that Gen. Raziq was no more.

He said Gen. Raziq was a brave and experienced police commander who with people’s cooperation had been able to maintain Kandahar’s security.

Dastagiri said unity among the ranks of Afghans could help preserve Gen. Raziq’s achievements.

When asked how the attack unfolded, Dastagiri said one of the governor’s guards opened fire at the meeting participants. The guard had been appointed about one and a half months ago and the Ministry of Interior was investigating in this regard, he said.

The official said National Directorate of Security chief Masoom Stanikzai had arrived in Kandahar at the head of a high level delegation to investigate the incident.

Dastagiri said tribal elders urged the spymaster to recommend the appointment of Gen. Raziq’s brother Tadin Khan Achakzai as the new Kandahar police chief.

The elders also demanded a postponement of the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon elections in Kandahar and then President Ghani ordered the elections to be delayed for a week.

Wolesi Jirga member from Kandahar Hamid Lalai said Gen. Raziq had recently initiated his peace efforts and a number of Talibaninfo-icon leaders returned to a normal life with his persuasion.

The lawmaker believed the killing of Gen. Raziq was beyond the ability of the Taliban and he must have been killed by regional intelligence agencies.

Deputy police chief for Kandahar Rahmatullah Atrafi announced at the funeral of Gen. Raziq that the president had appointed his brother Tadin Khan as the new police chief.

But later the Ministry of Interior rejected his claim and said Atrafi himself had been appointed as acting police chief.

Kandahar residents said they were shocked over the incident and demanded a serious and comprehensive investigation.



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