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Wolesi Jirga to investigate Kandahar attack

Wolesi Jirga to investigate Kandahar attack

Oct 31, 2018 - 16:59

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon or lower house of the parliament has appointed a delegation for investigation of October 19 attack in southern Kandahar province, saying investigations done so far were unsatisfactory.

Kandahar officials had said that provincial police chief, Gen. Abdul Raziq, intelligence chief, Gen. Abdul Momin and a photo journalist of Milli Television channel were killed in an insider attack after the officials’ meeting with NATOinfo-icon and US forces top commander in Afghanistaninfo-icon Gen. Scott Miller ended.

Zalmai Wesa, Kandahar governor, Aziz Ahmad Azizi, governor’s spokesman, Gen. Nabi Ilham, commander of 404 Maiwand Zone, Gen. Imaminfo-icon Nazar Behbod, commander of 205th Attal0020 Military Corps and Miller were wounded in the attack.

The attack was claimed by Talibaninfo-icon militants. National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) chief, Masum Stanikzai had said that the assailant with fake identity card was hired as the governor’s bodyguard.

The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of the parliament again today discussed the Kandahar attack.

Lawmaker Mohammad Naim Lalai Hamidzai from Kandahar province at today’s session criticized the way such attacks were probed.

“Had the last year’s attack in Kandahar governor’s house that killed Arab diplomats been properly investigated, such incidents would not have recurred,” he believed.

He said the assassination of Gen. Raziq and Gen. Momin was a complicated issue and it needed further investigation.

He asked the house administrative board not to keep mum over statements of security officials and appoint a delegation for a thorough investigation of the incident.

Lawmaker Sakhi Mashwani from Kunar province also said Afghan security officials’ information about the Kandahar attack was unsatisfactory; stressing the issue should be critically investigated.

“Superficial review of this incident is not acceptable to us,” he said. He also demanded the appointment of a parliamentary delegation for investigating the incident.

Wolesi Jirga speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi also said the Kandahar attack needed further investigation as information shared with them was unconvincing.

He tasked the lower house internal security, defense and judicial commissions to travel to Kandahar and investigate the October 19 incident and then share its report with the house.



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