MPs blast govt leaders over growing insecurity
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga on Sunday decided to hold talks with the president and the chief executive officer (ECO) on the peace process and growing insecurity after nearly 70 people were killed in four days of violence.
The insurgents have stepped up attacks on government targets, killing 70 people and wounding dozens more during the last four days. Nearly half of the victims were civilians.
The Meshrano Jirga or Senate on Sunday debated security incidents in the country. Senator Mohammad Nadir Baloch from Nimroz province said differences between the government leaders had lately increased, resulting in growing insecurity in much of the country.
“The political coquetry and irresponsible statements of the government’s leaders are more dangerous for Afghanistan than the Taliban and Daesh (Islamic State),” he remarked. He urged the unity government’s leaders to intensify their efforts at reversing the tide of insecurity so that the bloodshed of Afghans could be stopped.
His colleague from southeastern Paktika province, Mohammad Osman Rahmani, said the Afghans had braved threats to their lives to vote for the two leaders, who had been unable to provide them security.
“The nation is drowned in blood and government officials are inattentive to their responsibilities. If they fail to improve the country’s security, they are answerable to the nation and the God.”
Lawmaker Rahmatullah Khan Achakzai said the unity government leaders had differences over matters of personal interests, not national. “They are after their personal benefits, why would they provide us security. The chief executive officer’s home is in India and whereabouts of the president’s home are unknown.”
CEO Abdullah’s home is in Karta-i-Parwan area of Kabul and President Ashraf Ghani is living with the first lady at the Presidential Palace.
Achakzai said if the government did not fulfill its responsibilities, it would soon witness a widespread uprising against it nationwide.
The Senate’s first deputy chairman, Mohammad Alam Ezedyar, said the national unity government seemed to have no political will to improve security in the country and resolve problems facing the nation.
He said if the government wanted peace to prevail in the country, it should hold talks with countries supporting terrorism.
Chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar also expressed his concern over the growing insecurity and asked the government to fulfill its responsibility in this regard.
He asked senators to hold talks with the president and the CEO over the recent wave of insecurity and the proposed peace talks with the Taliban.
After his inauguration in late September, President Ghani visited Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China and the United States to muster support for reviving the stalled peace talks with the insurgents, raising hopes for peace.
But the hopes later started dying as no progress could be seen in the effort to bring the rebels to the negotiating table.
Lawmakers raised their hands to approve Muslimyar’s call for meeting the president and the CEO over the deteriorating security situation and the peace process. Muslimyar said time for meeting the two leaders would be sought through letters.
Attempts at seeking comments from the presidential spokesman could not succeed, but the spokesman had recently denied any differences between the president and the CEO, saying the two leaders were trying to streamline the government’s affairs.
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