Arrested Uzbek Leader May Bring Political Tension in Afghanistan: Experts
Azerbaijan, Baku, 13 March /corr. Trend D.Khatinoglu, R.Hafizoglu / The decision to arrest the Uzbek leader in Afghanistan General Rashid Dustum may destabilize the Country. "The decision of Rashid Dustum's arrest may cause political tension and mass demonstrations by the ethnic Uzbeks," Afghan MP Khalid Pyatush reported to Trend .
According to information by the Independent newspaper, the Supreme Court of Afghanistan made a decision to dismiss and arrest General Rashid Dustum, Uzbek by nationality, accusing him of mass deaths by the Turkmen in the Country. In addition, the information states that as a protest against the decision of the Supreme Court, Dustum threatened the Afghan Government and in several provinces, armed confrontation took place between the army and Uzbek tribes.
"The Afghan Government does not need to take this step against Dustum in order to allow the destabilization in the Country," the Deputy Chairman of Afghanistan National Assembly's Internal Security Committee, Pyatush, reported by telephone from Kabul on 13 March.
Pakistani politician Abdulkhay Anis also considers that the decision to arrest Dustum may cause a break of stability in Afghanistan. "The decision on Dustum's arrest is a step taken by the Government in order to demonstrate its capacity," Anis reported to Trend by telephone from Islamabad on 13 March.
According to him, Dustum may bring to the combination of the citizens, Uzbek by origin, with other opposition forces. " Afghanistan people expect reforms from the Government," Anis said.
In 1980 Dustum supported pro-Soviet People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan. Afterwards, depending on the political situation in the country, he established coalition with various Majahed groups. After Taliban came to power, Dustum announced the establishment of the Uzbek government in the north of Afghanistan and began fighting against the Taliban as part of the North Alliance.