Talk:Afghan High Peace Council

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unsubstantiated and irrelevant?[edit]

This edit removed material with the edit summary "Deleted unsubstantiated claims which are not relevant to description of HPC"

The material that was deleted was

In September 2011 Haji Deen Muhammed expressed outrage over the killing of Sabar Lal Melma. Sabar had been apprehended and sent to Guantanamo in 2002, based on allegations he helped facilitate Osama bin Laden's escape from Afghanistan. He was repatriated in 2007. But American special forces kept taking him captive. According to Deen Muhammed the Peace Council had secured assurance that Americans would stop harassing Sabar. Nevertheless, Sabar was killed by US special forces, in his home, during a night raid, just two days after the Peace Council received assurances that harassment of him would stop.

It cited the following reference:

  • Ray Riviera (2011-09-04). "Anger After a Raid Kills a Wealthy Afghan With a Murky Past". New York Times. Archived from the original on 2013-01-30. Retrieved 2011-09-04. "Council members said NATO and Afghan forces detained Mr. Lal, who was in his late 40s, in an operation early last month, then turned him over to the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency. But after assurances from Afghan intelligence officials and high-level government officials that he did not pose a threat, the council, working closely with its NATO counterparts, obtained his release, said Farhadullah Farhad, the council’s deputy chief executive officer." 

I do not agree that the material was "unsubstantiated" -- it was substantiated in the reference that was also deleted. I disagree that anger, within the Peace Council, over a death they regard as showing bad faith on the part of the DoD is "irrelevant to the HPC".

The IP that made this edit geolocates to Washington DC. We had Congressional aides edit the wikipedia articles about the Congressional Representatives they worked for. IIRC, for a short time, all the IP addresses used by Congress were blocked. If this edit was made by a US official who has a relationship with the Peace Council I would encourage them to review our policy on how to edit in compliance with WP:COI -- our policy on conflicts of interest.

If there is no defence of the edit, within a reasonable period of time, I will revert the excision. Geo Swan (talk) 20:55, 30 January 2013 (UTC)