High-ups involved in insecurity, claim senators
In addition to security personnel and armed insurgents, 34 civilians lost their lives to recent violence that left another 26 civilians injured during the past five days alone.
Insurgents have intensified their attacks in the central capital Kabul and other major cities and towns at a time when foreign troops are leaving by the end of this month.
Hidayatullah Rihaee, who represents Kabul province at the Senate, told the general session that the unity government had failed to bring about any positive change to the country’s security scenario.
Without naming anyone, the lawmaker alleged some high-ranking officials in government departments had connections with Pakistan’s intelligence service --- Inter-Services Intelligence or ISI. He said these elements were behind the increasing insecurity in the country.
Rihaee said the government should find and prosecute officials involved in fueling insecurity. The government should evolve a comprehensive security strategy because it was a long-standing demand of the people of Afghanistan, he continued.
The lawmaker said if the government lacked the ability to protect citizens, it should make it clear so that the people could keep their security themselves.
Mir Bahadur Wasifi from northeastern Badakhshan province also claimed spies of several foreign countries existed in government framework and they were out to destabilise the country.
He believed security could not be maintained until the government found and punished these spies.
“Insecurity has lately increased to the level that when someone goes out of home, he does not expect to return home alive,” the lawmaker said.
Kabul representative Khaliqdad Balaghi said the government should evolve a new strategy enabling residents and security forces to protect themselves from be killed
These MPs and Mohammad Hassan from southern Zabul province said the government had failed to maintain security since it was formed two months back.
Senate Chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar condemned recent terrorist attacks and said insecurity had crossed all limits.
He said the government should expose officials having links with the armed opposition and should take solid steps toward improving security in the country.
Muslimyar also condemned CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques applied to terror suspects, including Afghans. He said such inhuman actions resulted in increased insecurity in the country.
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