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Meshrano Jirga to summon security officials

Meshrano Jirga to summon security officials

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Mar 15, 2011 - 18:06

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon agreed on Tuesday to summon security officials after a month in which more than a hundred civilians had been killed in conflict.

The most deadly was on Feb 18, when a NATOinfo-icon-led air strike killed 64 civilians, mostly children and womeninfo-icon, in eastern Kunar province. Less than two weeks later, nine young boys were killed in another NATO-led airstrike as they gathered firewood in the same province.

Talibaninfo-icon insurgents have also been responsible for the growing civilian casualty count. On Monday a suicide bomber blew himself up ain an army recruitment centre in northern Kunduz province,  kilng 37 people and injuring dozens more.

On Tuesday, senators said they were concerned about civilian casualties and agreed to summon high-level security officials after the new Afghan year, on March 21.

"It will be a national betrayal if we do nothing about civilian casualties," a senator from Kabul, Khaliq Daad Balaghi, said.

A senator from Farah, Belqis Roshan, lashed out at the US for exacerbating insecurity in the country.

A senator from Zabul, Zalmay Zabuli, said that if Afghan security forces could not maintain security, they should resign.

Senate chairman, Abdul Hadi Muslimyar, said Afghan security officials along with commander of International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) would be summoned to the house in the beginning of new Afghan year. Gen. David Petraeus is ISAF commander.

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