PM Imran Khan, COAS Qamar Bajwa condemn Kandahar incident
RAWALPINDI (92 News) – Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa have strongly condemned the Kandahar incident.
The prime minister expressed sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the incident.
In a press release issued by the ISPR on Thursday, the COAS said: “Wish to see Afghan and other security forces succeeding to bring an end to this prolonged violence in Afghanistan. Peace in Afghanistan is essential for peace in the region. Support all initiatives towards this end.”
Gen Abdul Razeq, one of Afghanistan’s most powerful security officials, was killed on Thursday when a bodyguard opened fire following a meeting in the governor’s compound in the southern province of Kandahar, officials said.
Gen. Scott Miller, the top US commander in Afghanistan who had been at the meeting with Razeq only moments earlier, was uninjured in the attack, but the local commander of the NDS intelligence service was killed and the provincial governor was severely wounded.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they had targeted both Miller and Razeq, who had a fearsome reputation as a ruthless opponent of the insurgents.
The attack was a devastating blow to the Afghan government ahead of parliamentary elections on Saturday, which the Taliban have vowed to disrupt.