CABUL, Afghanistan – The latest on the situation in Afghanistan before the parliamentary elections on Saturday (all times locally): 13.00…
CABUL, Afghanistan – The latest on the situation in Afghanistan before the parliamentary elections on Saturday (all times locally):
Afghan election commission has postponed Saturday’s elections in the Kandahar province for a week after a fatal attack that killed at least two senior provincial officials, including its powerful police chief.
The deputy electoral commissioner Aziz Ibrahimi, the Independent Electoral Commission, said the decision to postpone was made to allow mourners to observe funeral records for slaughtered police chief Abdul Raziq and others killed in the attack.
Together with Raziq, the province’s intelligence officer and two police were killed. The condition of Kandahar’s governor, Zalmay Wesa, who was injured in the attack, was shrouded in confidentiality.
Raziq’s funeral was held Friday in Kandahar’s holiest sanctuary, Kherqa Mubarak, meant to contain the coat of Islam’s prophet Mohammed.
Pakistan’s two official border crossings with Afghanistan have been closed for two days at the Government’s request in Kabul, worrying about the security situation during the parliamentary elections this weekend.
The Pakistani Foreign Ministry says the crossings would be closed Friday and Saturday – the election day in Afghanistan – “for all kinds of traffic except emergency cases”.
One of the intersections lies in Chaman, in Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province, bordering on Afghanistan’s Kandahar province where the powerful provincial chief was murdered on Thursday in a bold attack demanded by the Taliban. The second intersection is in Torkham in northwestern Pakistan.
Afghanistan and the United States have routinely accused Pakistan of accommodating Taliban rebellion, a charge that Islamabad denies. After Thursday’s attack, some Afghan officials attacked Pakistan and accused their military and intelligence to urge Afghans to carry out violent attacks on government officials. Islamabad had immediately condemned the Kandahar attack.
Afghans are preparing for the burial of Kandahar’s powerful police chief, murdered when one of his electorates turned his weapon on the official and killed him during a high-level meeting the previous day that also attended the highest US commander in Afghanistan.
Abdul Raziq’s funeral ceremony will take place on Friday in Kandahar’s holy sanctuary, the Kherqa Mubarak Sanctuary, to contain a cloak of Prophet Mohammad, an indication of the chief character of the police chief.
Also killed in Thursday’s attack was Kandahar’s intelligence scholar, Abdul Mohmin, but the state of provincial governor, Zalmay Wesa, who was hurt in the assault, was shrouded in mystery. Some reports say Wesa has been transferred to a NATO hospital outside Kandahar.
A nurse from Kandahar says two Afghan police were killed and three were injured in the attack. Official spoke on terms of anonymity because he was not competent to speak with reporters.
-Amir Shah in Kabul, Afghanistan
Afghanistan rages after the Taliban were assassinated two senior officials in Kandahar Province, including its powerful police chief. The top US commander who participated in the high-level meeting where the attack occurred was unscathed.
Thursday’s meeting on security plans for Afghan parliamentary elections this weekend had just ended when an elite Afghan guard angry his arms on his colleagues. 19659024] Kandahar police chief, Abdul Raziq, and the province’s intelligence chief, Abdul Mohmin, were killed. Three Americans – a US service member, a coalition contractor and a US civilian – were injured.
A Taliban spokesman said that the superior US commander in the country, Gen. Scott Miller, was the target.
The attack, more than 17 years after the Taliban was driven from power, underlines the severe uncertainty in Afghanistan before the election.
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