A large gathering was organized in Kabul on Thursday in support of the Balkh provincial council member Asif Momand who was allegedly tortured by the provincial governor Ata Mohammad Noor’s personnel.

The gathering was attended by several representatives of the district councils and elders as well as hundreds of supporters of Momand.

The participants of the gathering called upon the government to thoroughly investigate the alleged torture of Momand by the Balkh governor.

They also urged the government to take immediate steps for the removal of Balkh officials involved in cruel acts.

Momand was arrested nearly ten days ago in Balkh international airport days after he had accused Ata Mohammad Noor of being involved in massive corruption and there are reports that he was held into the custody by forces belonging to Balkh governor.

However, the provincial governor’s spokesman had earlier said the Momand was arrested on the orders of the Attorney General’s office, a claim which was later rejected by the officials of the Attorney General Office.

In the meantime, a delegation tasked by the government is busy conducting an investigation into the incident with certain members of the delegation saying Momand was likely arrested on orders of Ata Mohammad Noor.


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