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Top Balkh security officials summoned to Kabul

Top Balkh security officials summoned to Kabul

Sep 14, 2017 - 16:37

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Senior security officials of northern Balkh province have been summoned to Kabulinfo-icon by the Border Security Headquarters in connection with detention of a public representative.

Pajhwok Afghan News has obtained a copy of a letter the border security headquarters had sent to its branch in Balkh province on September 7.

Top security officials of Balkh including commander of Mazar-I-Sharif International Airport, are summoned for interrogation about the detention of Momand, a member of the Balkh provincial council.

However, some of the summoned officials have refused to travel to Kabul.

The letter ordered its northern zone branch to summon Balkh police chief, Balkh airport commander, airport CCTV cameras officials and officials who were on duty when Momand was detained at the airport.

Mir Nayem Haidar, border security commander in the north, said he had forwarded the letter to all the officials concerned.

Some of the officials have gone to Kabul for investigation of the incident, he said, without naming anyone.

“Others are on vacation and may go to Kabul after returning to duty.”

Balkh police spokesman, Shir Jan Durrani, said Police Chief Brig. Gen. Sayed Kamal Sadat was on vacation in Kabul and was ready to attend any interrogation session.

However, Balkh highway commander Mohammad Asif refuses to go to Kabul for investigation.

“I was not in Mazar-I-Sharif for a day and was busy fighting against Talibaninfo-icon in Charbolak district of Balkh,” he said.

He said he would not go to Kabul because the incident was not relevant to him.

On August 14, Momand was detained from the Mazar-i-Sharif airport arriving from Kabul.

After spending two days in detention, he told a press conference said that he was detained by personal militias of Governor Atta Mohammad Noor and one of his ears was bitten by son of the governor.

A high-level delegation had traveled to Balkh for investigation into the case, but the outcome of the probe remained unknown.


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