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Spanta rebuffs aid money ended up in Daesh’s pocket

AT-KABUL: The former National Security Advisor, Rangin Dadfar Spanta, rejected the allegations of the governor of Paktika province that aid money to displaced people in the province ended up in hands of Daesh fighters.

Spanta in an interview to Radio Azadi admitted that the National Security Council (NSC) under his leadership has provided aid to displaced families. “We have provided the humanitarian aid under the supervision of the UN to 35,000 displaced people from North Waziristan in Paktia, Paktika and Khost provinces, rather than terrorist groups,” he added.

The Governor of Paktika province, recently told ToloNews that the aid money for displaced families have ended up in hands of Daesh in Barmal district of the province.

Spanta said that NSC in cooperation with the United Nations Higher Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), eight ministries and domestic organizations , including ministries of Interior, Defense, Finance, Border and Tribal Affairs as well as National Directorate of Security (NDS), provided foods and other essential items to the displaced families. “We distributed the aid packages among the displaced people purely under humanitarian purposes and those who question the aid distribution are talking the language of the ISI,” he added.

Spanta went on as saying that there was no Daesh at that time and the humanitarian aid was provided to the people who hosted five million Afghan refugees during the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan.

However, Abdul Karim Mateen, the Governor of Paktika province, said that the previous government had provided the aid to Barmal district of the province, in such a time that government had no control on the district. “I condemn the policies of the former government and cited an example where it had sent $200,000 to Barmal district, when the then government had no control over the district and now it is unclear whether the money have ended up in hands of the displaced people or Daesh,” he added.

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