Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani really doesn’t want to talk about torture. He made that clear this month when, in a scene that could have been scripted for US President Donald Trump, he tried to shut down veteran Tolo news reporter Sharif Amiry for daring to ask what the Afghan government was doing about allegations that 1st Vice President Dostum had abducted, tortured and sexually assaulted a rival. But Ghani’s refusal to answer won’t make those concerns go away. And it begs an even more awkward question: Is his administration really incapable of enforcing the rule of law in even such a blatant case of alleged torture by one of its own top officials?
April 19, 2017