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Senators want answers from govt on commander Raziq’s murder

KABUL: Members of senate called on the government to seriously probe the killing of former Kandahar police chief General Abdul Razeq, amid ongoing investigations to find out the incident.

Head of senate, Fazl Hadi Muslimyar, called Razeq’s killing “painful”, saying what the government had so far shared with people did not satisfy them.

“This was a really painful incident and can’t be tolerated. Every of us should become General Razeq to defend our homeland. We ask the government to discover this mute incident. What the security officials said did not satisfy people and we need more explanations,” Muslimyar said Tuesday.

The senators decided to send a fact-finding delegation to Kandahar to find out the killing of Razeq, asking the government to rename the police academy after him.

President Ashraf Ghani, flew to Kandahar on Tuesday to mourn Razeq and express condolences with his family and friends.

Chief Executive, Abdullah Abdullah on Monday rejected rumors that the NATO-led Resolute Support missionhad hands in Razeq’s killing.

Razeq was shot dead by a bodyguard of provincial governor Zalmai Weesa when leaving a security meeting with provincial officials and Scott Miller, commander of the Resolute Support mission. Miller who escaped unhurt the attack, said later that he was not the attacker’s target.

Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying both Razeq and Miller were the targets.

MassoumStanekzai, director of the intelligence agency (NDS), said that 15 suspects were detained regarding the attack, claiming that the attack was ordered from the ‘other side of the border’, a term usually used by government officials to reference Pakistan.

MomenHossainkhil, former head of provincial intelligence was another one killed in the incident, while governor Weesa was injured.

“Who was this governor’s bodyguard and who had guaranteed him? These are the questions still remain unanswered. The perpetrators should be arrested and punished soon,” said senator, Nazar Mohammad Faqiri.

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