Pro-Shiite lawmaker and Ninewa governor incriminate each other in front of PM

Ninewa, July 9, 2022: The Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi was in Mosul with Najim Al-Jiburi, governor of Ninewa, on his left. Media of Iraqi Council of Ministers.

By Ammar Aziz in Ninewa

The governor of Ninewa Najim Al-Jiburi has attributed some of the problems in Mosul and the Ninewa Plains to Waad Qaddo, a lawmaker from Ninewa plains earned the quota seat for the Shabak community, close to a pro-Iran paramilitary, including the "missile attacks targeted Erbil," several times lately.

The accusations came at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi with Ninewa lawmakers and the provincial administration on the first day of Eid al-Fitr on July 9 in Mosul, center of Ninewa province.

Sherwan Dubardani, a member of the Iraqi parliament from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) faction, told KirkukNow the governor Najim Al-Jiburi attacked Waad Qaddo, a member of the Iraqi parliament on behalf of pro-Iran Shiite paramilitary of Popular Mobilization Forces PMF known as Al-Hashid Al-Shaabi, in front of Al-Kadhimi, saying, "The incidents in the Ninewa Plain are related to Waad Qaddo, in reference to the missile attacks on Erbil."

Baghdad used to be the main target of attacks, but missiles were fired at the Erbil airport days after the assassination of General General Qasem Soleimani, leader of Iran’s revolutionary Guards and the kery role player in the Middle East, in January 2020, along with Abu-Mahdi al-Muhandis, one of the senior commanders of the PMF.

Najim Al-Jiburi lashed out at Qaddo in front of Al-Kadhimi, saying he was responsible for most of the problems in Mosul and the events in the Ninewa Plains

"In response, Qaddo accused Najim Al-Jiburi of distorting the situation in Ninewa," Dubardani said.

Meanwhile, Ziad Sinjari, a journalist in Ninewa province who was covering the Premier’s tour, told KirkukNow that Al-Jiburi accused Waad Qaddo of influencing Erbil from the Ninewa plain.

"He (the governor) accused Waad Qaddo of preventing people from building houses in the Ninewa plain on the grounds of demographic fear, even though the people had official documents proving that they were the real owners of the land," he said.

"I promise you that you will not remain in your post in the near future," Qaddo told Juburi.

Ninewa, July 9, 2022: The Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi in Mosul. Video: Media of the Iraqi Council of Ministers.

According to the journalist, these statements surprised Mustafa Al-Kadhimi.

Waad Qaddo, also known as Abu Jaafar Shabaki, is a former Hashdi Shaabi commander who won the last Shabak seat in Ninewa in the October 2021 elections.

"Al-Kadhimi did not like the accusations and decided to form a committee to reveal the truth and reveal all the issues that are suspicious and the problems that have not been resolved yet," he said.

Al-Kadhimi did not like the accusations and decided to form a committee to find out the truth

In the same meeting, representatives of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the governor of Ninewa called for no more bombing of Erbil from the border of Ninewa, according to Dubardani.

In the past two years, Erbil has been occasionally targeted by missiles and cluster bombs, and the Kurdistan Regional Government has repeatedly called for investigations into the attacks and not to disrupt the security situation of the KRI.

Last March, 12 ballistic missiles hit Erbil, the capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region of Iraq KRI, “launched from outside Iraq,” the Ministry of Interior of the Kurdistan Regional Government KRG said in a statement, yet no casulaties were reported.

Following October General Elections, the Kurdistan Democratic Party KDP, one of the key Kurdish parties running the KRG, has allied with Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and Sovereignty alliance by Sunni Arabs and successfully nominated Iraqi parliament speaker and deputies in an attempt to appoint the president and Prime Minister overlooking Iran allies.

Observers believe Iran is pushing hard to involve its allies united under the Coordinative Framework in nominating the two vacant senior positions pushing to the 3-side alliance to comply to tis demands.

Some Iraqi and Kurdish leaders anonymously accuse Iran for rockets that hit Erbil.

The shortage of state-subsidized gasoline problem, the reconstruction of Mosul and the completion of strategic projects in Mosul were the main demands of the Ninewa local government to the Iraqi prime minister.

Al-Kadhimi called on politicians to prioritize the public interest at a ceremony marking the sixth anniversary of the liberation of Mosul from the extremist militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ISIS.

He also pointed to the crises facing the province, including the shortage of fuel and believed that part of the reason is due to smugglers. He pledged to return to Mosul in August to lay the foundation stone of a number of projects.

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