The United States has called for an impartial and serious investigation into allegations made by former member of National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan, Ahmad Eshchi, against the First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum.
A spokesman for U.S Secretary of State John Kirby said they are upset about the alleged illegal arrest and treatment of Eshchi by Dostum.
“We welcome the release of Eshchi. We are obviously deeply disturbed by his unlawful detention and reported mistreatment by Vice President Dostum,” he said.
According to reports, government has assigned the Attorney General’s Office to assess the issue.
Meanwhile, a number of tribal elders from Jawzjan and Faryab, who are in Kabul to mediate the issue between Eschi, government, MPs and influential figures, said they suggest the matter be resolved through a Jirga (an assembly).
“Prolonging these controversial claims against the first vice president is a political act. The continuation of this situation will not be in favor of Afghanistan’s future,” said Bashir Ahmad Tayyanj, a spokesman for National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan.
However, Eshchi’s son, Batur Eshchi said: “The issue cannot be solved through a Jirga or via consultation with the people. Our demand is that it should be addressed by judicial organizations.”
The Attorney General’s Office would not comment.
However, a reliable source told TOLOnews that the AGO has told Dostum to visit the AGO’s office or send his attorney.
According to the source, the National Security Council in a meeting supported the AGO’s decision in this respect.