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Dostum’s Office ‘Strongly’ Rejects Report on Vice President’s Return to Afghanistan

(Last Updated On: July 19, 2017)

First Vice President’s Office has strongly rejected the report in which claimed a plane carrying General Abdul Rashid Dostum to Afghanistan from Turkey was forcefully diverted. 

The report released earlier suggested that Dostum attempted to land in Mazar-e-Sharif airport in northern Balkh province and his plane was not allowed by the German military.

The Vice President’s office in a statement stated that all reports suggesting that the plane was diverted from the airport are “strictly false”.

The statement added that VP Dostum is still based in Ankara City and has made no decision to return in the near future.

The Provincial Governor’s Spokesman Munir Ahmad Farhad; however confirmed that a plane was not allowed to land in Mazar-e-Sharif airport on Monday night. He suggested that the plane was carrying Turkish guests which were involved in a construction project in the province.

Farhad added that the plane was not landed due to technical issues and it flew back first to Turkmenistan and then to Turkey.

This comes as Dostum is in Turkey for medical treatment amid the torture and sexual abuse case of Ahmad Ishchi, involving the First Vice President.

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