Eshchi 'Being Held' In NDS Custody in Jawzjan

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Speaking on condition of anonymity, a reliable security source said Thursday that former governor of Jawzjan province Ahmad Eschi is currently being held in custody by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) and is not being held by First Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum as has been reported.

Reports emerged this week that Dostum was holding Eschi against his will following a brawl at a Buzkashi match last Friday.

The source said the NDS has informed Eschi’s family of his whereabouts.

Eshchi’s son, Babur Eshchi, claimed that his father had been beaten up by Dostum and then referred to the NDS officials.

Dostum’s office has meanwhile said in a statement that Eshchi was arrested by NDS officials over his alleged connection with insurgents.

“He was handed over to the NDS office in Jawzjan by Dostum, the NDS confirmed the report after six days delay,” said Babur Eshchi.

Reports have however also emerged that journalists were threatened against reporting on Eshchi

The reports indicate that Dostum-affiliates allegedly made the threats against journalists.

In reference to the threats, Dostum-led Hizb-e-Junbesh-e-Milli Islami Afghanistan party rejected the claims as baseless with no evidence.

“No one made any kind of obstruction about the news, even some people marched to the general’s residence and took photos and posted them on Facebook. We did not harass anyone despite knowing who the marchers were and who took pictures,” said Bashir Ahmad Tayyanj, spokesman for the Junbesh-e-Milli Islami party.

“In line with the law, it is the right of the people of Afghanistan to have access to information, censorship is against the law,” said Sediqullah Tawhidi, head of NAI.

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