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Man claimed to be Taliban intelligence officer storms Salam Watandar


KABUL (SW) – A person who claimed to be an employee of the Taliban’s urban intelligence unit stormed the head office of the Salam Watandar on Sunday.

The person along with an aide entered the office without coordination with the security department. He introduced himself as Abdul Malik Safi and a member of the Islamic Emirate. He met for about five hours with the chief executive of Salam Watandar, and other colleagues from various departments.

During all this time, he kept trying to intervene in the official affairs and presented demands in various fields, from employee contracts and administration finances to administrative discipline and managerial relations.

The conversation even reached the point where Safi called for changes in the Salam Watandar administrative organization and the appointment of a new head for the organization.

Before beginning the conversation, the man collected all the phone numbers of the people present at the meeting and said that “all troubles come from this technology.” At the end of the day and the end of the talks, it became evident that Abdul Malik Safi had not received any order from the leadership of the Islamic Emirate to come to the office of Salam Watandar.

Officials of the Islamic Emirate leadership deny Safi’s connection to the Interior Ministry’s intelligence unit.

Ahmadullah Wasiq, a member of the Islamic Emirate’s cultural commission, told Salam Watandar that the Interior Ministry and the intelligence department of the ministry did not have an employee named Abdul Malik, and that the person was likely to be an imposter.

Hujjatullah Mujaddedi, a member of the Commission on Journalists and Media Affairs, denounced the incident and added that only the Ministry of Information and Culture has the right to deal with such institutions.

He emphasized that this issue will be addressed as soon as possible.

“This man tried to force us to give in to his words by tapping on the table and making provocative remarks,” said Nasser Omar, Salam Watandar’s chief executive. “But at the end of the day, I found out that no administrative position in the Islamic Emirate supported his position and did not issue an order in this regard.”

Omar called on the officials of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan to co-operate with the media in this regard.


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