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Taliban's commander behind civilians killing in Ghor: Governor

At least 10 days after killing of 14 civilians by armed men in western Ghor province, the governor of Ghor said Saturday that the Taliban's commander who was released from a jail in Ghor by the meddling of some known figures including parliament members three months ago was involved in killing of civilians in this province.

"The Taliban's commander named as Qari Rahmatullah was held by security forces in Chighchiran city but was freed later by meddling of some known figures including a number of parliament members," Radio Azadi quoted Sayid Anwar Rahmati, the governor of Ghor as saying. "The commander was released three months ago and was living in Dara-i-Murghab district."

The governor blamed judiciaries' inattention behind releasing of the Taliban's commander, and said some prominent figures including parliament members had interfered in releasing of Qari Rahmatullah.

However, the governor did not disclose name of any parliament member who had alledgly meddled in releasing of the Taliban's commander from Ghor prison.

He said the assigned commission by the president to investigate killing of 14 civilians by rebels in Ghor would kick off its work today (Sunday).

The commission is led by Munshi Abdul Majid, President Karzai's advisor.

Majid told Afghanistan Times that their travel to Ghor postponed due to Eid celebrations, adding that the commission would visit Ghor on Sunday and would reveal the results of their investigation soon.

In the meantime, Ghor police chief, Fahim Qayim, said he was agreed with the governor's remarks and they would try to once again arrest the Taliban's commander, Qari Rahmatullah.

A number of Ghor representatives in the parliament confirmed the allegations that the Taliban's commander was released by the meddling of some parliament members.

"The allegations reveal that two members of the Lower House, a senator and the head of High Peace Council in Ghor have cooperated to release the Taliban's commander from a prison in the province, and this commander later killed 14 civilians in this province. There is no doubt that such people and figures who are arrested on charges of bombing or any other subversive activity are released in cooperation of the government," said Ruqiya Nayil and Sima Juyinda, two MPs from Ghor.

Earlier, a number of civil society activists and residents of Kabul and Ghor provinces rallied against killing of 14 civilians in Ghor and severely condemned this inhuman act of insurgents.

A number of analysts believe that a number of Taliban who have been released from prisons were involved in different subversive activities in Afghanistan, and the recent example of brutality of released Taliban prisoners was the Ghor incident where children and women were killed.

[Source: AT Monitoring Desk, Afghanistan Times, Kabul, 09Aug14]

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