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Dostum-linked gunmen try to capture lawmaker

Officials in northwestern Faryab province say a number of gunmen affiliated with Vice-President Gen. Abdur Rashid Dostum surrounded the airport in an attempt to capture a Wolesi Jirga member.
Dostum-linked gunmen try to capture lawmaker
AVA- The officials said the armed men were loyal to Nizamuddin Qaisari, Dosutm’s representative for uprising groups, had ringed the Maimana Airport -- only 1.5 kilometres from the police headquarters. They allegedly tried to arrest MP Fathullah Qaisari.

An official, who wished to go unnamed, told Pajhwok Afghan News Qaisari arrived at the airport from Kabul on Saturday. A number of commanders supporting him were at the airport to welcome the lawmaker.

When Qaisari received a tip-off, he and his supporters took refuge in a nearby Afghan National Army (ANA) base south of the main provincial airport, the source said.

The legislator told Pajhwok Afghan News Fathullah Qaisari and Rahmatullah Turkistani, former Jawzjan police chief, plotted to kill him in a bomb attack as part of a 1.5 million afghanis deal.

He claimed arresting the alleged bomber, who had placed explosives in a plastic bottle under his bed. The man, after confessing to his crime, was handed over to the National Directorate of Security (NDS) four months ago.

But the government had not yet taken action against Fathullah Qaisari and Rahmatullah Turkistani, he complained, saying he was forced to arrest the people behind the plot.

“Two months back, Rahmatullah Turkistani came to Maimana and I tried to arrest him, but the governor told me this problem would be resolved through legal channels. However, no legal action has been taken so far,” he added.

He charged the Faryab governor with complicity in the ploy and called for his immediate removal.

However, Fathullah Qaisari said he had traveled to Faryab to meet his family members and supporters. After being surrounded by gunmen loyal to Nizamuddin Qaisari, he had to spend a night on the ANA base.

He branded Nizamuddin Qaisari was a lawbreaker, murderer and thief, asking President Ashraf Ghani to bring him to justice.

He denied planting a bomb against Nizamuddin Qaisari, calling the claim a conspiracy against him. The person involved was one of close supporter of Qaisari, he alleged.

On the other hand, the governor’s spokesman, Ahmad Javid Baidar, rejected Nizamuddin Qaisari’s claims that he supported the MP. He argued a governor should have good relations with all figures and people.

He said the governor organised a security meeting involving religious scholars, elders and civil society activists to discuss the issue and find a solution to it.

Fathullah Qaisari was one of the commanders of Gen. Abdur Rashid Dostum, but he later joined Dr. Abdullah Abdullah’s camp in the 2014 presidential election campaign.
Source : Afghan Voice Agency(AVA)
Sunday 18 February 2018 15:39
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