The First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum returned to Kabul today after participating in a month long military operation in northern provinces of Afghanistan, specifically in northern Faryab province.
Gen. Dostum appeared in a press conference after his return from the north and accused Pakistan, particularly the country’s military and Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) for being involved in the killing of innocent civilians and Afghan leaders.
According to Gen. Dostum, the enemies of Afghanistan are friends of Pakistan and the friends of Afghanistan are the enemies of Pakistan.
Declaring Pakistan as Afghanistan’s enemy, the First Vice President called on international community to put pressure on the country.
He said he will discuss Pakistan with President Ghani during the National Security Council and offer his suggestion in this regard.
Displaying the suicide vests captured by the security forces while thwarting an assassination plot against him, Gen. Dostum said “Pakistan sent four suicide bombers to assassinate me,” claiming the vests are made in Pakistan.
He also added that ISI is directly involved in the developments in Taliban leadership, gesturing towards the appointment of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor.
In regards to peace efforts aimed at ending the ongoing violence in the country, Gen. Dostum insisted that the country should be ready for combat while moving towards peace negotiations.
Gen. Dostum joined the Afghan security forces in the frontline in northern Faryab province earlier this month.
He survived at least two assassination plots by the anti-government armed militant groups while he was leading counter-terrorism operations in Faryab.
The convoy of the First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum was ambushed by the Taliban in militants in Qaisar district of northern Faryab province last week.
Another plot to assassinate Gen. Dostum was thwarted by the security forces and special security guards of the Vice President six days after the failed attack.
At least three suicide bombers were arrested earlier on Monday tonight from the vicinity of Gen. Dostum’s residence in Qaisar district.