Dostum warns to leave Afghanistan if Ghani ignored his request regarding Qaisari

The First Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum demanded the immediate release of his close ally and former police chief of Qaisar district of Faryab Nizamuddin Qaisari.

Gen. Dostum raised the demand shortly after returning to Kabul and appearing before a press conferene in his office in Kabul.

He said he will hold talks with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani regarding the release of Qasairi.

However, he warned that he will leave the country once again if President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani did not accept his demand for the release of Qaisari.

This comes as sources close to Junbish Milli Party had earlier said that the First Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum will step up efforts for the release of Commander Nizamuddin Qaisari after his return to Kabul today.

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Gen. Dostum’s commander killed in Taliban ambush in Jawzjan

A commander of the Public Uprising Forces who was previously serving as the commander of General Abdul Rashid Dostum has been killed in Taliban’s ambush in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan.

According to the local security officials, Commander Abdul Jalil was killed late on Tuesday afternoon in the vicinity of Dasht-e-Lili.

Provincial security chief Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani said Commander Jalil and his driver were patrolling the area in Bashikod area when they were ambushed by the Taliban insurgents.

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VP Dostum to ‘return home within a week’

First Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum will return to Afghanistan within a week, after being in Turkey for medical checks-up, officials said on Tuesday.

Dostum left for Turkey in May for medical treatment amid accusations of ordering his security guards to torture and rape a political rival, Ahmad Ishchi.

“We are optimistic that that Gen. Dostum return to Kabul within the end of this month and will continue his efforts in the power- sharing government,” said the Vice President’s Spokesman, Basir Ahmad Tayenj.

It said that Dostum will announce the formation of “Coalition for Salvation of Afghanistan” after returning to Kabul. Some lawyers believe there is no any legal issue in front of Vice-President Dostum to do not return to his homeland.

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Dostum strongly reacts at Ghani and US embassy remarks regarding Ishchi case

The first vice president and leader of Junbish Millie party General Abdul Rashid has strongly reacted at the remarks of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and a top US diplomat, hours after reports emerged that the controversial case involving the vice president and his rival has been referred to the court.

The office of the first vice president in a statement said the Attorney General Office is not having such an authority to permit the vice president to travel abroad, pointing towards President Ghani’s remarks during a press conference on Tuesday where he had said Gen. Dostum is in Turkey for the treatment on the permission of the Attorney General Office.

The statement further added that the US embassy must respect independency of Afghanistan and bilateral relations between the two countries, insisting that the legal and judicial system of the country has a clear definition and approach regarding such cases.

Gen. Dostum’s office also added that irresponsible remarks by the foreign diplomats and missions will only spark concerns among the people.

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Old Afghan rivals meet in Turkey for political unity after recent violence

Two key Afghan political figures and old rivals, General Abdul Rashid Dostum and Ata Mohammad Noor, have met in Turkey together with the leader of Harakat-e-Islami Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq as the trio have stepped up efforts for political unit in the aftermath of the recent violence in the country.

An Afghan MP and spokesman of Junbish-e-Millie party Bashir Ahmad Tahyanj said the three leaders have reached to an agreements on several key issues, including the formation of unity among the political figures, movements and parties.

He said the three leaders also agreed that they are not after the collapse of the current government but insisted that the current situation, deadlock, and violence is not acceptable to the Afghan nation and their respective parties.

Tahyanj further added that the three leaders are expecting to organize further meetings and take practical steps in the country in a bid to find a solution for the situation of the country which has drastically deteriorated during the recent days.

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Steps to be taken to arrest 9 guards of Vice President Dostum

The Afghan government assures that practical steps will be taken to arrest nine security guards of the Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum over alleged kidnapping and sexual abuse of rival Ahmad Khan Ishchi.

President Ghani’s spokesman Haroon Chakhansuri told reporters on Wednesday that the Afghan Attorney General and the judicial institutions continue to their work with transparency.

He said arrest warrants have been issued and the Ministry of Interior is obliged to take practical steps as per the warrants.

Chakhansuri further added that the Attorney General has more authorities to take further steps if the nine security guards of General Dostum were not arrested.

Without providing further information, Chakhansuri said the media will be updated when further steps are taken.

The arrest warrants were issued on Monday after the men refused to appear before the Attorney General to respond regarding the alleged accusations.

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ARG Palace reacts at alleged communication of Dostum’s position

The Afghan government has reacted towards the alleged communication of Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum’s position, saying no one from ARG has communicated Vice President’s position with any individual or entity.

President Ghani’s spokesman Haroon Chakhansuri said “No one from Arg has communicated VP position with any individual/entity – something you don’t see in entire interview of Mr. Noor with BBC.”

The statement by ARG Palace was issued after the Office of the First President reacted at Ata Mohammad Noor’s remarks.

Calling Noor’s remarks as ridiculous, a statement by Dostum’s office stated that Noor along with some others have started to act against their own party (Jamiat-e-Islami) during the recent days as well as Junbish-e-Millie party and against the First Vice President.

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Noor claims he rejected to replace Gen. Dostum as Vice President

The acting provincial governor of northern Balkh province and chief executive of Jamiat-e-Islami party Ata Mohammad Noor has claimed he rejected recommendations to replace General Abdul Rashid Dostum as First Afghan Vice President.

During an interview with BBC, Noor claimed that the government leadership in Kabul proposed to him to replace Gen. Dostum and take over the post of First Vice President.

However, he said he will never accept ‘donations’ and suggested that Gen. Dostum is the First Vice President, ignoring that he has a good or bad personality.

Noor also claimed that he has proposed to Kabul that Gen. Dostum’s successor should be an Uzbek Afghan, in case the First Vice President opts to resign.

The remarks by Noor came as he earlier said that he is no more counting on decision making capabilities of Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.

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Dostum says committed to promises made to President Ghani

Dostum criticize Ashraf GhaniThe First Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum says he remains committed to the promises made to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani for serving the Afghan nation, more than a month after serious accusations led to rift among the two top leaders of the country.

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ARG Criticizes Dostum For Remarks Against President

Following remarks by the First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum where he accused President Ashraf Ghani of nepotism, the Presidential Palace (ARG) on Tuesday said the statement made by Dostum is in contravention of his position and is uncalled for in the current situation in the country.

The Presidential Palace said in a statement that the accusations made by Dostum against a number of government officials need to be reviewed.

ARG said in the statement that government is responsible for addressing citizens’ complaints against the Taliban and other forces involved in clashes so as to assess whether crimes have been committed.

Dostum on Monday accused Ghani of nepotism and said people from the president’s ethnic group are important to him, but those from his province are even more important.

“If you speak Pashto with President [Ashraf Ghani], you will be a good person, and if you speak Pashto and you are from Logar [province], then you are very good,” he said at a press conference in Jawzjan on Monday.

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