WJ to grill security bosses on Helmand unrest
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga (WJ) on Wednesday summoned top security bosses to brief lawmakers next week on the ongoing wave of violence across the country, particularly in southern Helmand province.
Apart from violence in eastern parts, the Sangin district of Helmand has been in the grip of intense fighting over the past four days. The gunbattles have now spread to Kajaki, Musa Qala and Nawzad districts, causing heavy casualties and displacement.
A public representative from Helmand said she had been informed about the killing of 130 security personnel in the Sangin fighting. Nasima Niazi added 100 security men had been missing and many others wounded.
Soldiers of neighbouring countries had sneaked into the province, where they had been fighting against Afghan forces, she alleged, without giving details. “Our forces in Helmand have inadequate access to food, much less heavy weapons.”
She warned the province could fall soon to the militants if the security forces there were not provided the required level of assistance.
Her colleague from the same province, Habiba Sadat, noted the security situation had been nose-diving in Helmand since the second round of the presidential election on June 14. Civilians were killed and forced into leaving their homes on a daily basis, she lamented.
Mohammad Hashim, a legislator from Faryab province, endorsed her view. He said security across the country had been deteriorating in recent weeks, to the detriment of the masses.
Other MPs asked the government to send reinforcements to Helmand to control the spread of fighting. They called for determined action to address the problem before the situation spun out of control.
Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi accused Pakistan of fomenting trouble in Afghanistan. However, he said they were confident of the Afghan forces defending their motherland and giving the enemy a befitting reply.
He suggested top security officials be summoned to the assembly on next Wednesday to answer lawmakers’ questions regarding the worsening conditions in Helmand. A majority of MPs rose their green cards in support of the speaker’s proposal.
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