Brother of Afghan president slams UN for moving staff from Kandahar

08:38, April 28, 2010      

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Ahmad Wali Karzai, head of the provincial council of Kandahar in southern Afghanistan, Tuesday blasted the United Nations decision to move its staff from the province to the capital Kabul as a precautionary measure.

"Since the situation is not that bad here for an organization to move its staff out of Kandahar, this is not a necessary decision," Wali Karzai told reporters.

"As media representatives, you can see that people are living normally here," he told journalists in his fortified residence, noting that schools remain open.

Wali Karzai, who is the younger half-brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, said the UN decision would have negative effect on the moral lives of people in Kandahar and hamper the humanitarian aid work there.

There is no threat for Afghan and international staff of UN and other organizations to leave Kandahar, he said.

The decision came in the wake of recent terror attacks against the government officials in Kandahar over the past weeks which claimed the lives of over a dozen people including Azizullah Yarmal, deputy mayor of Kandahar city, and Majid Babai, director of the provincial cultural department.

The Afghan government on Sunday announced that a new security plan is being made in the province, Taliban's birthplace.

The Afghan and NATO-led forces are preparing for a massive operation against Taliban militants in Kandahar this summer.

Source: Xinhua


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