17 Apr 2018
Writer: Azizullah Popal

MPs Claim: Abbasi Asked Kabul to Remove Gen. Raziq

Some Wolesi Jirga (lower house of parliament) members on Monday said they were concerned about the security situation in southern Ghazni province and claimed the Pakistan prime minister who recently visited Kabul had called for the removal of Kandahar police chief.
Lawmaker Ibadullah Mohammadi from northern Samangan province told yesterday's session that Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had made illegal demands on the Kabul government.
Abbasi, who visited Kabul on a day long state visit, held talks with President Ashraf Ghani and some officials of the national unity government earlier this months.
Mohammadi said Pakistan had never did good to Afghanistan and nothing good should be expected from Islamabad in future.
He said the Pakistani PM had made "illicit" demands on the unity government, which were a clear interference in Afghanistan's domestic issues.
He did not provide further details into the demands but said the Pakistani MP had demanded dismissal of Gen. Abdul Raziq during his visit to Kabul.
Another lower house member Shakiba Hashimi expressed similar views and confirmed one of the Pakistani PM demands was to fire the Kandahar police chief.
She said, "We urge the unity government leaders not to remove Gen. Raziq in order to please Pakistan because he is a good cop in the southern zone."
Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi called Gen. Abdul Raziq a brave and useful figure in the current situation of Kandahar and Pakistan really knew him.
He urged Kabul leaders to award Gen. Abdul Raziq for what he was doing against Pakistan.
But Presidential Palace acting spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazwi rejected the Pakistan PM had made such demands.
He said lawmakers should obtain correct information about an issue before expressing their views.
"Removing or appointing someone relates the Afghan government and no one has the right to interference in this regard," he concluded.


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