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Attacks will not Deter us from Fighting Insurgency: CEO

Attacks will not Deter us from Fighting Insurgency: CEO

KABUL - Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday warned insurgents that the killing of innocent people and waging war against the security forces will only strengthen the determination of the nation and government to stand up to the enemy.
Speaking during a trip to Paktika province, to pay his respects to the family of slain Colonel Azizullah Karwan, the Commander of the Police’s Special Forces Unit in the province, Abdullah said an investigation is being carried out into the assassination of Karwan.
Karwan was gunned down in Kabul last Thursday evening while enjoying a picnic with his family.
Abdullah on Thursday pledged that government will conduct a serious investigation into the assassination of one of Afghanistan’s “outstanding commanders”.
“It is just because of the sacrifices of champion and martyred Azizullah Karwan that the province has reached this stage (of security),” said Paktika governor Mohammad IlyasWahdat.
Karwan’s assassination at one of Kabul’s popular parks and the escape of the gunmen from the scene has raised serious concerns among members of the public and the commander’s family.
“The martyrdom of Karwan and the escape of his killers from the scene has raised a lot of questions, we demand an investigation into the issue and we want answers,” said a resident of Paktika Sayed Atiqullah.
Abdullah meanwhile said Afghanistan will not regress and that insurgents will not be able to deter government from its resolve.
“Investigations are underway at a high level, the security officials are working on the case and we will inform the people about the results,” said Abdullah.
Who was Karwan?
Karwan was a taxi driver who traveled the Kabul-Paktika Highway during the Taliban regime in 2001. After the fall of the Taliban, he gave up driving a taxi to become a policeman.
After joining the Afghan Local Police he went on to become instrumental in establishing the Paktika local police force and eventually became the Commander of the Special Police Forces in the province.
According to local officials, Karwan played a significant role in the security of the province.
In a recent interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Karwan said he had been attacked 38 times in the past 16 years, of which 13 had been suicide bombings. He said these had all been in a bid to kill him.
He also told Pajhwok that in this time he had lost over 600 friends in clashes with the Taliban. (Tolo news)