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US night raid on ex-jihadi commander’s house in Parwan

Wolesi Jirga appoints fact finding commission

Abdul Zuhoor Qayomi-KABUL: Wolesi Jirga (WJ) has formed a fact finding commission to probe the raid on house of the ex-jihadi commander in Parwan province.

A few days ago, the US troops has carried out a night raid and blew a huge cache of ammunition in the house of the former jihadi leader Jan Ahmad in Bayan village of Parwan. However, no casualty was reported.

Sami Sameem, a lawmaker from Farah, said the US forces have no right to carry out raids on the houses of jihadi commanders. He said the ex-jihadists were fighting against the Taliban and foreign militants for the past several years.

He alleged that the United States authorities in the country were conspiring against the Afghan government. “There are some people who have directed such operations while the government already banned night raids on houses,” he added.

Zahir Saadat, an MP from Panjshir, also criticized the US forces for the night raid and destroying the cache. He said the US forces was paving the ground for the Islamic State in the province.

In the Wednesday’s session, some MPs criticized the Wolesi Jirga for taking the decision to investigate the incident while asking that why such a huge cache of weapons was needed by a person when there is already a legitimate government in the country.

Gulalai Safi, an MP from Balkh, said that she condemned bombardment of civilian houses, but would not support civilians who store huge quantity of weapons. She said that why the Afghan security agencies and the locals have allowed a person to possess an ammunition cache. “The Wolesi Jirga must summon the security officials for explanation in this regard,” she suggested.

Speaker of the Wolesi Jirga, Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, ordered the fact finding commission which includes members of the Internal Security Committee (ISC), Defense Committee (DC) and Central Audit Committee to visit Parwan for probe.

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