Karzai sacks attorney general for meeting Taliban

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai has sacked his attorney general after he held an unsanctioned meeting with the Taliban peace negotiators in the United Arab Emirates, a senior Afghan official said on Monday.
Isaaq Aloko met members of a Taliban peace team in Dubai, despite being told by the presidential palace not to attend the meeting, the official said.
“He was instructed not to go,” said the official, who declined to be identified.
A member of parliament also said Aloko had been sacked.
But an official in Aloko’s office denied his boss had been dismissed, saying he was at the presidential palace “celebrating Independence Day” on Monday.
A senior Afghan official said some senior cabinet members were trying to persuade Karzai to reverse his decision to dismiss Aloko.
The meeting in Dubai was in the first week of August and involved other prominent Afghans, including members of the government’s High Peace Council, which Karzai set up in 2010 to pursue talks with the Taliban.
Aloko had been Karzai’s attorney-general since 2008.