Civil war fear as Afghans ponder arrest of warlord

AN INVESTIGATION into claims a notorious Afghan warlord led a drunken raid on his neighbour’s home, kidnapped its occupants and slapped the owner’s wife are threatening to split the country’s key power brokers along ethnic lines and plunge its only peaceful region into civil war.
The whisky-swilling warlord General Abdul Rashid Dostum was stripped of his position as the army’s chief of staff yesterday, amid allegations he had laid siege to a rival commander’s home in Kabul.

A spokesman for the interior ministry said: “There is no doubt it was an illegal act.”

But the ministry has passed responsibility for the investigation to the attorney-general.

Gen Dostum’s allies in the Northern Alliance – which includes the country’s senior vice-president – have threatened to break away from Kabul if the prosecutor’s office pushes ahead with plans to bring him to justice.

The Uzbek commander allegedly led more than 50 armed militiamen in the booze-fuelled attack against the neighbour – one of his former lieutenants.

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