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86pc oppose Gen. Sadat’s sacking, finds survey

86pc oppose Gen. Sadat’s sacking, finds survey

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Jan 23, 2020 - 15:55

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Eighty-six percent participants of an online opinion poll have opposed the removal of Gen. Khoshal Sadat as senior deputy interior minister for security.

A total of 54,000 people participated in the opinion poll regarding last week’s sacking of the deputy minister on Pajhwok Afghan News’ Facebook page.

In compliance with a presidential decree, Gen. Sadat was removed last week. He was replaced by Gen. Saboor Qane -- a move that sparked harsh reaction from social media users.

Eighty-six percent of respondents -- or 44,000 individuals -- took issue with Gen. Sadat’s removal. The remaining 14 percent (8,000 people) agreed endorsed the presidential decision.

Twenty-six thousand users have commented on the post, 32,000 liked it and 258 persons have shared it.

Pajhwok also conducted this opinion poll on its twitter page, on which 77 percent of the 719 respondents opposed Sadat’s removal, with 22 percent agreeing with the decision.

Syed Shinwari, a social media user, wrote Sadat was the first official in the past 18 years to stand against strongmen. His ouster would trigger a crisis, he warned.

Rahimullah Zazai, another social media user, said Gen. Sadat’s sacking was not acceptable to him. He asked the president not to scapegoat the deputy minister.

Ihsanullah Hussainyar wrote if the president really respected views of the masses, he should reverse his decision, as 86 percent of people had faulted the move.

But Javid Mayar agreed with the presidential action and hailed it as a good move.

Gen. Sadat also took to social media and shared his views. “I served as deputy interior minister for 11 months and discharged my duties in line with public demands, direction of the president and under the law of the land…

“Being a public servant, I fully respect the decision of the president and hope it is also acceptable to the people of Afghanistaninfo-icon,” Gen. Sadat wrote.

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