MPs welcome moving UNSC against Pakistan
KABUL (PAN): Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday praised Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul for lodging a complaint with the United Nations National Security Council (UNSC) against cross-border attacks from Pakistan into eastern Afghan provinces.
The unprovoked shelling inside Afghanistan coming from across the border was a matter of deep and serious concern for the government and the people of his country, Rassoul told the powerful 15-member UN body on Thursday.
“The shelling of areas in Kunar province of eastern Afghanistan from across the Durand Line has led to unprecedented anger and frustration among the Afghans from all walks of life,” the foreign minister said in his address to a special UNSC meeting on Afghanistan.
Lawmaker from Kabul, Shinkai Karokhel, said it was good news for the Afghans that the issue was raised on the UN forum. She asked the Wolesi Jirga’s defence commission to draft a resolution on behalf of the legislature to be presented to the Security Council.
Another lawmaker, Naqibullah Fayeq, said: "Reporting Pakistan to the UNSC is part of government’s efforts to find a solution to the attacks.” He said the national assembly would support every effort convincing the UNSC into taking stern action against Pakistan.
Outspoken MP Shukria Barakzai asked the Security Council to come hard on Pakistan for continuously shelling Afghan villages and put pressure on Islamabad to stop the attacks.
Meanwhile, some parliamentarians criticised the recent gubernatorial shake-up by President Karzai, saying the move was a result of political compromises.
MP Naqibullah Fayed said several governors for Kabul, Baghlan, Faryab and Maidan Wardak were replaced over the past five years, but those having close ties with the president remained unchanged over the past one decade.
Without naming anyone, he said, governors having a weak political background had fallen prey to the political plot.
Shinkai Karokhel said the shake-up had nothing to do with reforms because governors under fire from public were moved to other provinces instead of being fired.
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