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Kunduz fact finding team starts work

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Abdul Zuhoor Qayomi-KABUL: The fact finding commission started its work on Monday to investigate the reasons behind fall of Kunduz city to the Taliban.

The former intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh and former minister of education Farooq Wardak are leading the fact finding team.

Talking to a press conference, Saleh said that the commission was different from previous fact-finding teams, because it was an independent and impartial body.

“The commission has been formed based on the presidential decree and will find factors behind collapse of the city,” he added. He said that the fact-finding team is non-governmental, but will report to President Ashraf Ghani.

The commission will hold meetings with various figures including tribal elders, politicians, provincial council members, women traders, general masses and displaced people in order to prepare an accurate report on fall of Kunduz city.

Wardak said that the commission is committed to find the main reasons behind fall of the city.

Fazal Karim Aimaq, a member of the commission, said that those who have bravely fought against the Taliban militants should be appreciated and those who have committed negligence in their duties should be punished.

The government lost control of Kunduz city around two weeks ago. Security forces after several days of fighting retook control of the city. Kunduz was the first major city to fall to the Taliban militants in the past 14 years.