Anti-government protests continue for the 12th day in Afghanistan

According to Mikrofonnews Agency (MHA), situation is getting tensed in many northern provinces of Afghanistan as the government didn’t respond to the demands for releasing a powerful Uzbek commander.

Thousands of people continue to take part in demonstrations on Saturday for the twelfth consecutive days in the Uzbek dominated 6 northern provinces. Demonstrators are demanding the release of Nizamuddin Qaisari, special representative of General Dostum in Faryab province who was responsible for thousands of armed anti-Taliban militants.

He was arrested by Afghan security forces during a security meeting in Faryab and was transferred to Kabul immediately. A video footage circulating in social media showing Afghan military forces who torture bodyguards of Qaisari has triggered anger among many people and the supporters of the powerful commander.

Demonstrators have closed down electoral offices in the six northern provinces of  Faryab, Jawzijan, Samangan, Sar-e-Pul, Kunduz, and Takhar ahead of a general election in Afghanistan. posters of President Ashraf Ghani have been brought down in many parts of the northern provinces while demonstrators chant anti-Ghani slogans.

Schools and shops are closed down in some parts of northern provinces as demonstrators vowed to continue with demonstrations until the release of Qaisari who was at the same time police chief of Qaisar district in Faryab.

They also demand the return of General Dostum, Afghanistan’s Vice President who is in exile after a political dispute with President Ghani.

The Afghan government says the commander was arrested for insulting the president and security forces during the security meeting in Faryab, but demonstrators say he was arrested as was fighting against Taliban something they claim the central government didn’t want.

 

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