Political solution needed to end war, Senate informed
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior Ministry of Defence (MoD) official on Monday said regional intelligence agencies were involved in the Afghanistan conflict, stressing a political solution to the imbroglio because it was a political problem.
MoD Deputy Minister Inayatullah Nazari told this to the Meshrano Jirga (Senate) after he appeared before the upper house along with acting Interior Minister Mohammad Ayub Salangi and National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief Hassamuddin Hassam to brief lawmakers about the country’s overall security situation.
Nazari linked the recent spike of insecurity to the drawdown of foreign troops and other factors. “The enemies were trying their best last year to topple the government, but they failed. They also failed to deal a devastating blow to the unity government’s strategic goals.”
“The war in Afghanistan is a political issue and will continue until resolved politically as you understand regional intelligence agencies are behind this,” said Nazari, who added that Afghan forces were making every effort to enthusiastically defend the soil. “Beyond the war, it belongs to politicians to find a solution.”
He said the National Security Council (NSC) was trying to bring into being a coordination department that strengthened coordination among the ministries of defence, interior and the spy service.
“The Islamic State does not exist in Afghanistan, but some Taliban have vowed allegiance to the group to raise its slogan.”
The spymaster told the upper house that a propaganda campaign had been launched in Afghanistan for the Islamic State.
Hassam said the enemies of Afghanistan would not sit idle and would always try to create problems for the Afghans.
He further briefed the MPs about the new emerging threat from the IS, a group controlling large swaths of land in Syria and Iraq, behind closed doors.
But in the open discussion, acting Interior Minister Salangi acknowledged insecurity had increased and thus casualties among Afghan forces.
Without elaborating, Salangi said police provided security to people in all, but four districts. He did not provide figures for casualties among national security forces, but said the ongoing solar year saw 112 suicide attacks, 2340 bomb blasts and 24 coordinated attacks taking place.
During the year that ends on March 21, the acting minister said Afghan forces had conducted 2190 operations against militants, killing 7354 and injuring 3755.
Salangi said some districts currently faced high security threats, but plans had been chalked out to do away with the threats.
Senate Chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar praised Afghan forces for their efforts and sacrifices to maintain security in the country. As a mark of respect for the Afghan forces, Muslimyar presented floral bouquets to the three security bosses.
The chairman also announced the house would rise for winter break tomorrow and said the president had directed provincial officials to cooperate with senators in monitoring their activities.
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