President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has assigned a delegation of high level government officials to launch an investigation regarding the alleged support the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) loyalists receive from the government.
A statement by ARG Presidential Palace said the delegation was assigned after deputy house speaker Mohammad Zahi Qadir claimed that the loyalists of the terror group are supported by the government.
The statement further added that the decree regarding the assignment of a delegation to investigate claims by deputy house speaker was taken considering the sensitivity of the claim and the negative impact it could create on public opinion.
Such claims could also have adverse effect on security forces by weakening their morale besides jeopardizing the national form of the country in national and global fight against terrorism, the statement said.
President Ghani has also urged the delegation to respect freedom of speech and immunity the deputy house speaker has while investigating his claims and documents.
The delegation include, Nasrullah Stanikzai, head of the advisory delegation in judiciary and legal affairs; Abdul Fatah Azizi, deputy military chief of the Afghanistan Attorney General Office and Mir Mohammad Anwar Sadat, director general handing government cases.
In his decree, President Ghani also instructed the delegation to investigate regarding the illegal recruitment and arming of irresponsible individuals as militia forces.
The deputy house speaker claimed that the ISIS leaders and commanders are living in Kabul, visit foreign embassies and security institutions.
He was speaking during the general session of the Lower House of Parliament – Wolesi Jirga and was swearing by God’s name to support his claims.
Qadir also claimed that the militants are currently receiving armored vehicles and weapons but in the past they were receiving financial and equipment support from abroad.
According to Qadir, over 20,000 Pakistani refugees have settled in Shinwari district of Nangarhar province which has turned into a factory producing ISIS loyalists and the government is not only suppressing them but provide support to them.