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Azizi accused of creating rifts among MPs

Azizi accused of creating rifts among MPs

Aug 20, 2011 - 16:46

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): A number of Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon members on Saturday accused Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Humayun Azizi of creating divisions among parliamentarians. But his deputy strongly rejected the allegation.

Lawmaker from central Daikundi province, Sadiqizada Neli, claimed Azizi had invited some MPs as guests last night, asking them not to attend house proceedings until Parliament's fate was determined.

"In this way, Azizi wants to foment divisions among legislators," Neli said. His remarks were echoed by another member from eastern Nangarhar province, Sahib Khan. "Instead of interfering in our affairs, the minister should concentrate on his job which is to strengthen ties between Parliament and government."

A public representative from Kandahar, Mohammad Naeem Hameedzai Lalai, said not other cabinet ministers were also trying to create differences among parliamentarians. He claimed Azizi and other cabinet members had been working for foreign spy agencies, particularly of neighbouring countries.

However, Zahir Qadir from Nangarhar said Azizi should not be blamed for creating rifts among MPs. "He is a servant who works for his salary. We have to find out who has assigned Azizi the task," Qadir remarked.

Second Deputy Speaker Ahmad Behzad, who presided over the session, said the Parliamentary Board would ask Azizi why he was trying to create rifts among lawmakers. In a house of 249, only 95 members were present during Saturday's session.

Deputy parliamentary affairs minister, Karim Baz, rejected the accusation as baseless and personal views of the legislators. He said they had always been in favour of complete quorum and wanted the house to run its affairs in a smooth manner.

Earlier, members renewed their call for implementation of Wolesi Jirga decisions regarding the Attorney General, the Supreme Court Chief Justice and five other judges and the special election tribunal.

The house had voted in favour of firing the chief justice and the five members of the High Council of the Supreme Court and the top prosecutor for their role in creation of the special election court that disqualified 62 MPs on the basis of a vote recount.



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