Further silence against Pakistan a sin: Muslimyar
KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga Chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar on Tuesday strongly condemned Sunday’s suicide attack on a volleyball tournament in southeastern Paktika province, alleging such barbaric attacks were the handiwork of Pakistan’s intelligence agency and army.
The death toll from the bombing in Yahyakhel district has risen to 62, with more than 66 others wounded, according to officials. The bomber struck a large crowd watching the final match of an inter-district volleyball tournament. The dead included 11 local police personnel and the rest were civilians, including children.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the deadliest attack since 2001, but the Afghan spy agency, NDS, a day earlier claimed it had evidence the attack was carried out by the Waziristan-based Haqqani network.
Speaking at today’s session, Muslimyar called the incident as painful. He said Afghanistan needed to talk with the Pakistani Army and intelligence agency in cooperation with the international community because maintaining further silence against Islamabad was a sin.
“Talks should be held with Pakistan to end the mysterious war in Afghanistan or Pakistan should declare an open war against Afghanistan. The open war is in Afghanistan’s favour.”
“Shame on those killing children and youth in Afghanistan on behalf of lungi wearing Punjabis,” said Muslimyar.
Senator Balqis Roshan from Farah province said there should be a national uprising against Taliban who killed Afghans on the behest of Pakistan’s intelligence agency.
“The government should no longer shed crocodile tears; it should adopt a clear stance against the enemy as enduring insecurity for Afghans has become unbearable.”
Her colleague from central Bamyan province, Hidayatullah Rehaee, said the country’s security situation was fast deteriorating these days due to increased interferences by Pakistan.
“Our government should adopt a clear strategy against Pakistan’s meddling because talks with the neighbouring country had never yielded positive outcome.”
There has been a history of talks between the two countries how to restore peace and stability in the region.
Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai had visited Pakistan 21 times during his 13 years rule and his successor Ashraf Ghani recently travelled to Pakistan on his first state visit after his inauguration last month.
Rehaee said maintaining security was the job of security forces, but recent spike in terrorist attacks showed they lacked this ability.
Senator Syed Mohammad Saeedi from central Maidan Wardak province said people had been expecting that the new government would bring improvement to the security situation, but suicide attacks and bomb explosions had increased manifold after its formation.
“Insecurity in Afghanistan has become like a cancer disease which cannot be cured with tablets and injections, it needs surgical operation. The armed opposition should no longer be called as brothers or political opponents.”
Saeedi asked the government to come up with a clear stance against the insurgents and give them harsher punishment after arrests so that their comrades learned a lesson.
Other lawmakers also strongly condemned the suicide attack in Paktika.
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