Common Faqir additionally stated he had been fired “about 5 to 6 months in the past.” His dismissal had lengthy been rumored however not beforehand confirmed publicly.
The 215th Corps, with a licensed power of 18,000 troopers, is among the military’s six fight corps and the one which has seen by far the heaviest preventing in recent times, because the Taliban have gone from controlling two of Helmand’s districts to dominating a dozen of them. Helmand can also be the middle of the opium poppy trade and the producer of most of Afghanistan’s heroin, which has been a significant factor contributing to corruption.
Additionally beneath investigation is the previous provincial police chief in Helmand, Abdul Rahman Sarjang, who was appointed as a reformer by President Ashraf Ghani after which fired by him final yr, allegedly for promoting the posts of district chiefs of police within the province.
Maj. Gen. Dawlat Waziri, the spokesman for the Protection Ministry, insisted that Common Faqir had been arrested.
“His corruption case was in course of within the lawyer common’s workplace, and yesterday, he was current there for investigation after which he was arrested,” Common Waziri stated.
Common Helal stated the precise fees towards Common Faqir included misuse of provides and troopers’ meals, neglect of obligation and lack of transparency in using gasoline, meals and different provides. The theft of gasoline meant for military automobiles has lengthy been a priority of the American authorities and the topic of investigations by the particular inspector common for Afghan reconstruction. Most Afghan army expenditures are paid for by the USA authorities.
Theft of cash meant to purchase meals for troopers has additionally been a standard drawback, extending even into the primary army hospital, the place in 2011 some soldier sufferers reportedly starved to demise.
The American army has been involved sufficient concerning the deteriorating state of affairs in Helmand that previously two years it has despatched reinforcements to the province, each as trainers to assist construct up the 215th Corps and as particular operations troops to complement Afghan army operations. A further 300 United States Marines are due in Helmand this spring, the primary such deployment there since 2014.
In an interview in March 2016, Basic Faqir boasted that not solely did he clear up corruption within the 215th Corps after he took over in late 2015, however that he additionally introduced larger authorities management to the province — claims that have been quickly contradicted by occasions on the bottom.
“I’ve caused reform on this camp,” he stated. “There are not any ghost troopers on this corps now.”
On the time, the overall had appeared notably involved about bringing in flowers by helicopter to beautify his headquarters.
A few of his officers stated that preventing had died down for some time as a result of Basic Faqir appeared tired of preventing the Taliban. Some native officers have been scathing. “Whether or not a police chief or a corps commander, they’re solely right here to fill their empty pockets,” stated Mullah Majid Akhonzada, the deputy chairman of the Helmand provincial council, referring to Basic Faqir and Common Sarjang.
Jamshid Rasuli, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s lawyer basic, denied that the accused basic was sitting at house. “Common Faqir is underneath detention, he was arrested yesterday,” he stated. “I can’t say his location for safety causes, however he’s underneath the federal government’s detention.”
A spokesman for Mr. Ghani declined to touch upon the fees towards Basic Faqir and Basic Sarjang. “We don’t have any response, as each generals are underneath investigation,” stated the spokesman, Shah Hussain Murtazawi.
The strategic district of Sangin in Helmand, the place extra British, American and coalition troopers have died than in some other place in Afghanistan, fell final week to the Taliban. Basic Waziri, nevertheless, insisted that it had not fallen, and that officers had merely moved the district middle to guard the civilian inhabitants.
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