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    MPs launch signature campaign to summon Khan

    KABUL (PAN): Some members of the Wolesi Jirga on Thursday said up to 40 lawmakers have so far signed a request for summoning Water and Energy Minister Ismail Khan to parliament to answer their queries.

    Under Article 92 of the national constitution, the Wolesi Jirga -- on the proposal of 20 percent of its members -- can question a minister. If the explanations given are not satisfactory, the lower house will consider a no-confidence vote.

    The legislators are seeking to summon Khan over his plans to constitute a council of mujahideen and distribute arms to his supporters, a public representative from Khost province, Mirbat Khan Mangal, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    A fortnight ago, Khan told a gathering in Herat there would be insecurity in the country without mujahideen’s cooperation after the withdrawal foreign forces from Afghanistan.

    The minister said he had discussed the idea with the president and some former jihadi commanders. Media reports say Khan is working on a plan to distribute weapons to his supporters in the province.

    Khan’s remarks were indicative of his intention to fuel insecurity in Afghanistan with the support of a foreign country to promote his personal interests after 2014, Mangal claimed.

    He said another reason for summoning Khan was that he had spent only a fraction of the development budget of the Ministry of Water and Energy.

    A total of 40 MPs signed the request for summoning Khan and the numbers might increase to 50 -- the minimum requirement -- until Saturday, he added.

    They were going to summon Khan for trying to disrupt the security situation and divide the Afghans, said another lawmaker from Nangarhar, Aryan Yoon.