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Parliament Calls Dostum’s Turn Back Against Law

(Last Updated On: July 19, 2017)

After the plane of Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum was denied permission to land in northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif late on Monday, he returned back to Ankara, the capital of Turkey.

On Wednesday, Afghan parliament speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi reacted to the incident and said that the Vice President can return to the country at anytime because he has not been convicted or found guilty for an offence so far.

“The First Vice President can travel outside or return back to the country at anytime. If anyone creates problem for his return, it is against the law and shall not be repeated again,” reiterated Ibrahimi.

Sources close to the first Vice President say that he is expected to return home next week through Hiratan, a port in northern Balkh province which locates along the border between Uzbekistan and Afghanistan.

“The first Vice President is expected to return to Afghanistan very soon,” said Abdullah Qarluq, Deputy of Junbish-e Mili Party led by VP Gen. Dostum.

In addition, people close to Atta Mohammad Noor the governor of Balkh province say that efforts are underway to include more political groups in the new political alliance named “High Council of Coalition for Salvation of Afghanistan”.

“After the consultations ended, the Coalition for Salvation of Afghanistan will officially announce its existence in a big gathering where all of its founders will attend,” said lawmaker Farhad Azimi who is a close aide of governor Noor.

The office of President Ashraf Ghani has denied to make a comment about the report so far. But reports suggest that the President has assigned the Urban Development Minister, Sayed Sadat Mansoor Naderi, to mediate in resolving the issue between VP Dostum and President Ghani.

By Farshad Saleh & Hesamuddin Hesam

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