Pajhwok Services

Photo Service

SMS News Service

Pajhwok combines its expertise and experience in news reporting with a telecom firm and thus reach a wider audience in an 
effective way.

To subscribe: 
English News Update : Send 83 to 824
Dari News Update : Send 84 to 824
Pashto News Update : Send 85 to 824

Election Coverage

Special Mining Page

Afghan Peace Process Special Page

Addvertise With Pajhwok

Daily Newsletter

Sending Time (GMT / Kabul time)

Suggest a Story

Pajhwok is interested in your story suggestions. Please tell us your thoughts by clicking here.

Wolesi Jirga reverses decision on ministers

Wolesi Jirga reverses decision on ministers

Dec 31, 2012 - 21:40

 KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon -- lower house -- on Monday decided to not summon four of the 11 Cabinet ministers who failed to spend less than half of annual development budgets sanctioned to their ministries last year.

Earlier in the month, the house voted to summon the Cabinet members on the issue, but later lawmakers split over their own decision.

Ministries of defence, interior, commerce, economy, counter-narcotics, water and energy, educationinfo-icon, urban development, mines, higher education and information have failed to use most their funds meant for uplift activities.

On Monday, some MPs suggested the ministers should be called in line with the house's previous decision, but other opposed.

Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said it would be illogical to summon those ministers who were not on the posts in 2011.

He also said ministers whose ministries had been able to spend 50 percent of their development funds should not be summoned.

Lawmaker Mohammad Mohaqqiq defended the house decision on summoning ministers. Another MP Asadullah Sadati stressed all the eleven ministers should appear before the house and brief it on the subject.

Under the rules of procedures, two-thirds majority is required to reverse a previous decision of the house, Fatima Aziz, a parliamentarian from Kunduz, said.

When Ibrahimi asked lawmakers to fill out forms for summoning the ministers if they respected the rules, 74 of the 137 MPs present, voted not to summon ministers who did not hold the portfolios during last fiscal year.



Related Article

Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.


Add new comment


Twitter Update