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Presidential Probe Team Meets Noor over Mohmand’s Arrest

Presidential Probe Team Meets Noor over Mohmand’s Arrest

KABUL - Mohmand tribal elders have gathered in Kabul in the hope of resolving the issue following the arrest of the Balkh provincial council member.
A presidential team investigating the controversial arrest of Mohammad Asif Mohmand, a member of Balkh provincial council, has met with Balkh governor Atta Mohammad Noor following waves of criticism over the arrest.
The nine member team is led by the deputy attorney general of Afghanistan.
Mohmand was arrested late Tuesday night at Balkh international airport by Afghan security forces on charges including forgery of government documents and corruption.
But, the attorney general's office says it had not issued the arrest warrant for Mohmand.
Mohmand’s arrest sparked a strong outcry by his supporters which led to President Ashraf Ghani ordering a probe into the situation.
“The documents have been sent to the address of Balkh police headquarters not Kabul police headquarters, if the officials had taken a decision in Kabul, they would do the same work, but I don’t understand why they did not take action, therefore they let Balkh police headquarters and Balkh attorney general deal with the issue," said Munir Farhad, Balkh governor's spokesman.
“This person (Mohmand) was being monitored by one of our attorneys from last year in connection with a case, the suspect appeared for investigation and the investigation team got the necessary information needed, however the attorney general has not issued any kind of arrest warrant for him, said AGO spokesman Jamshid Rasuli.
Meanwhile elders from Mohmand's tribe have gathered in Kabul over the arrest.
“Unfortunately one of the guards of Asif Mohmand were killed in the incident and four others were wounded, we have also wounded persons among the security forces, this was a bitter event and we strongly condemn the incident," said Mohammad Yaqoub Mohmand, head of the Mohmand tribal council.
In addition, a member of the Afghan parliament has alleged that he was transporting a patient to hospital when armed men associated with Mohmand attacked him as a result of which one of his guards was killed and nine others were wounded.
“The media is fully aware of the agitators, evidence shows that these individuals have no base and address and were sent on the basis of a plan and conspiracy to destabilize our peaceful city, we will not allow them to do so and will hold them accountable for each drop of blood shed by our soldiers," said  Assadullah Sharifi, an MP.
Mohmand was accused of forging signatures on documents of government officials by the Afghan legal and judicial institutions. But Mohmand has accused Noor of being involved in corruption. (Tolonews)