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Dostum’s office breaks silence on US envoy remark

Dostum’s office breaks silence on US envoy remark

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Jul 13, 2017 - 17:31

KABUL (Pajhwok): First vice-president Abdul Rashid Dostum’s office on Thursday reacted to recent remarks of the US ambassador to Kabul regarding allegations against the VP, saying, such ‘irresponsible’ statements from foreign diplomats were creating concerns for the Afghan people.

Dostum’s office in a statement received by Pajhwok Afghan News said views expressed irresponsibly in recent meetings and conferences against Dostum had sparked reactions in the Afghan society.

President Ashraf Ghani on July 12 told a press conference that Dostum traveled to Turkey following the Attorney General Office (AGO)’s permission, a claim rejected by Dostum office and said the AGO had no such authority according to the Constitution.

The AGO on Wednesday announced completing its investigating into rape and torture allegations against Dostum leveled by his political rival Ahmad Eshchi, a former governor.

The VP office said a number of Dostum’s bodyguards had cooperated with the AGO in clarifying the case that was then filed at the court, an issue the statement said did not relate to Dostum.

Dostum’s office also reacted responded to recent remarks of Special Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Kabul, Hugo Llorens, about Dostum, saying Afghanistan had an independent judiciary and organs that could deal with such cases according to the law.

“Irresponsible views expression by foreign diplomats in such cases create concerns for the Afghan people, we are sure that the US will not prefer one tribe over another, it will be better if we serve national interests in this critical time. Pursuing ineffective policies of removal would not benefit our international friends,” the source said.

The office of Dostum stressed that effective steps should be taken for bringing reforms to government departments and law enforcement keeping in mind the current situation of the country and concerns of the international community, instead of wasting time on 'marginal' issues.

On Tuesday, top American officials asked the Afghan government not to come under political pressure in investigating allegations against first vice-president Abdul Rashid Dostum.

US Ambassador Hugo Llorens told reporters the allegations against Dostum should be investigated carefully and in a transparent manner.

The European Union (EU) and its member state Norway in a statement on Thursday also called for timely conclusion of investigation into gross human rights violations by Dostum.

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