Wolesi Jirga summons security bosses
Following a debate on the rising graph of violence, the speaker ruled security bosses would come to the assembly next week to answer lawmakers’ queries on the subject.
At the outset of the session, a woman MP from Kabul said security had worsened to the extent that a district fell to militants almost on a daily basis.
Shukria Barakzai asked the National Security Council to rethink its decision on security transition from NATO-led troops to Afghan forces. She suggested a return to joint Afghan-NATO counterinsurgency operations.
“Afghan forces should be allowed to conduct offensives where they can. In other operations, they should continue to enjoy air and ground support from International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers,” she suggested.
The nation could no longer tolerate the ongoing trail of death and destruction, with innocent citizens and security personnel losing their lives to the insurgency-linked violence.
Her colleague from northeastern Badakhshan province, Abdul Ahad Afzali, also called for an immediate end to the unrest. He referred to the capture of Karan Manjan district by the fighters, saying government forces were yet to retake it.
“Security forces should do their homework right to prevent the loss of a district to insurgents. Instead our security organs tend to jerk into action only when a district falls,” he remarked, warning the Taliban could overrun more areas of the province.
Parveen Nuristani, a legislator from Nuristan, complained the remote eastern province was also sliding into lawlessness. She claimed insecurity in her province prevented people visiting hospitals and students going to school.
“The rebels have closed the road leading to Nuristan, where food supplies have almost been consumed and prices of essential items have shot up,” she explained.
Speaker Abdur Rauf Ibrahimi concurred the worsening security environment had created numerous problems for the masses. It could also impinge on next year’s presidential and provincial council elections, he believed.
He said top officials should be summoned to the house to brief lawmakers on their strategy for dealing with the challenge -- a suggestion that drew overwhelming support from members.
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