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Cablegate: Prt/Kunduz New Police Chief in Kunduz

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E.O. 12958 N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV PTER AF
SUBJECT: PRT/KUNDUZ NEW POLICE CHIEF IN KUNDUZ
PROVINCE.

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1. (SBU) Note: Below is the first reporting
shared with the Embassy by the German PRT in
Konduz. We hope to make this a precedent, not
only for the Germans but for the other non-US PRTs
as well. We are working with ISAF, as part of its
PRT Coherence Plan to pool as much PRT reporting
as possible, and began sharing much of our
reporting and/our PRT Weekly months ago. This
reciprocity is an encouraging step. Informal
embassy translation follows:

2. (SBU) SUMMARY: Kunduzs new police chief,
General Sayed Ahmed Same, formerly the Chief of
Police in Samangan Province, took office today
(June 6). The former COP in Kunduz, General
Mutalib Beg, has been relieved of his duties, and
we are not certain about any future assignment for
him. The hand-over took place on June 5, and was
attended by many provincial notables and PRT
officials. General Same has the reputation of
being honest and loyal to the government. END
SUMMARY.

3. (SBU) Details: The former Chief of Police of
Samangan, General Same, was sworn in yesterday as
the Chief of Police of Kunduz, with surprisingly
little advance notice, in a ceremony attended by
by
some 300 religious and civil provincial leaders
from all districts of the province. The PRT was
represented by both civilian and military leaders.
Former Police Chief General Mutalib Beg was given
an honorable farewell (representatives of the
elders and mullahs shuras gave him a rousing
God is great chorus, which seldom is given to
non-religious officials). Although Mutalib for
the time being has no onward posting, he told the
PRT that he hoped to be nominated as governor,
either of Kunduz or Takhar. Mutalib is very
influential in the region, both as Dostums man
and as a former high-ranking mujahideen, and he
will remain so, even without a public position.
His successor is also Uzbek, although we do not
know if he has close ties to Dostum. He began his
career in the police, but switched to the army
during the time of Najibullah, fighting the
Soviets, like his predecessor, as a mujahideen
commander. We do not (yet) know any particulars
of his activities during the civil war and Taliban
liban
period. Just three years ago, he resumed his
police service as CoP in Samangan. He is known in
police circles as loyal to the government and
apolitical. We have no knowledge of any ties to
opposition fighters/insurgents.

4. (SBU) The loser in the rebalancing of the
police leadership in Kunduz is deputy Police Chief
General Razak, who is supposed to be reassigned as
Deputy Police Chief in Helmand, but who is trying
to remain in Kunduz for family reasons (his son is
currently being treated at the PRT hospital).
Razak is outspokenly pro-German and, in the
estimation of the PRT, one of the very few
government officials in either Kunduz or Takhar
who exhibits high professional integrity and

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competence. His departure from Kunduz will
significantly weaken the police restructuring and
reform in the province. The PRT recommends that
the (German) Embassy intervene in his favor in
Kabul.

5. (SBU) Analysis: The change in the police
leadership in Kunduz took place with little
tle
disruption. In their remarks at the change-over
ceremony, the incoming as well as the outgoing
Police Chief expressed strong support for
continued cooperation with the PRT on security and
police reform issues. General Same made a very
promising impression. Mutalib departed
graciously, perhaps awaiting higher
responsibilities; whether they will be in either
of the German PRT provinces (i.e., Takhar or
Kunduz) remains to be seen.
End Unofficial Translation

6. Embassy Comment: The State Department PRTOff
assigned to Konduz concurs with the German
description of the event and the analysis. If we
could get regular reporting like this from all
ISAF PRTs, it would take some of the pressure off
of us to have DOS reps at many PRTs in the north.
End Comment.

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