• publish: 1 November 2016
  • time: 4:48 pm
  • category: Excerpted
  • No: 4518

I won’t return Kabul till my demands are met: General Dostum

First Vice Afghan president General Abdul Rashid Dostum who is now in northern Jowzjan province has warned the government that he would not return Kabul, until his demands are met.

Deputy Afghan president General Abdul Rashid Dostum who is in northern Jowzjan province met on Sunday with some local officials, elders, religious figures, women and youths of the northern provinces including Balkh, Faryab and Jowzjan and said that he would not return Kabul, until all his demands are met.

During the meeting, General Dostum updated the participants of the current political and security circumstances of the country and called for a Loya Jirga to be held soon.

He also urged for holding the parliamentary and district council elections as soon as possible, and stressed that the Loya Jirga of the constitution should be held to designate the authority of the high ranking officials and their deputies.

He furthered the Afghanistan’s constitution should be modified as to also clarify the place, authorities and responsibilities of the National Security Council led by Mohammad Hanif Atmar.

The deputy to the Afghan president complained that there is a huge gap between security forces and this has led the country toward instability and crisis, which has been highly neglected by leaders of the National Unity Government (NUG).

Claiming that all his will and fights are lined up with solidarity of the national sovereignty and political system of Afghanistan, General Dostum stressed that he is looking for deep political reforms and establishment of a system within the framework of the government.

He also pointed out to the high rates of corruption in the country and said “in order to fight corruption and prevent insecurity, an atmosphere of trust should be created in the first place and leaderships of all security entities and their related offices have to be revised.”

General Dostum appreciated the roles that each security forces are playing in battle grounds, but sharply criticized poor leadership of their commanders within security and defence framework of the country.

He also referred to the ongoing war in northern Faryab province and said besides foreign elements creating war in the province, some domestic hands are also involved in insecurity.

General Dostum said that his continuous criticisms is for monopoly of power by certain people in Afghanistan.

“After the NUG assumed the power, I didn’t interfere in the conclusions of the first four meetings of the National Security Council; but since then, I have kept offering my concerns on the security of a number of provinces including Helmand, Oruzgan, Farah, Kunduz, Faryab and some other areas, but non paid attention.” Dostum said.

He said that all his suggestions remained unanswered on the table of the president, which is a clear sign for his power monopoly.

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