News - Afghanistan
Jowzjan Governor Mohammed Alim Sayee on Tuesday said that the Founder of National Islamic Movement Party of Afghanistan Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum is illegally distributing weapons to his followers.
The Governor said that Gen. Dostum is trying his best to make the northern part of the country insecure and distributing weapons to his followers.
He has asked the central government to take immediate action and prevent the illegal distribution of weapons. He added that if the government does not act now then northern Afghanistan will become extremely insecure.
"Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum has distributed weapons to his followers in some districts of Jowzjan province and this is creating concerns among the people," Mohammad Alem Sayee said.
Meanwhile, Spokesman of the National Islamic Movement Party of Afghanistan Kanja Kargar has accepted the claims and said that the weapons are being distributed by Dostum with an aim to assure security in the district.
The Spokesman further went on to say that it is not being done to oppose the government.
"Gen Abdul Rashid Dostum enjoys certain popularity in the Northern provinces because he is the Head of National Islamic Movement Party of Afghanistan as well as the Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief of the Afghan Army. Gen. Dostum has distributed weapons in some regions which is not concerning because the step has been taken to enhance security in the region," Spokesman Kanja Kargar told TOLOnews over phone.
Moreover, a number of Jowzjan's residents have raised concerns over the ongoing activities in the province.
Mohammad Alem Sayee who is also the Deputy of National Islamic Movement Party of Afghanistan, asked the government to take legal action against Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum.
The development happened after an armed clash took place near the house of Jawzjan's Provincial Governor Mohammed Alem Sayee, in Sheberghan city, on Monday.
According to reports, the attackers belonged to Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, founder of the National Islamic Movement Party of Afghanistan.
The clash took place when a group of armed men belonging to Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum attacked the Governor's house. Three of the Dostum's men were also injured in the clash.