MPs renew call for scrapping of BSA
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday renewed their call for the government to revoke the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States following unprecedented rise in insecurity across Afghanistan.
They warned that northern provinces could face grave security threats and even fall to the enemy if proper security arrangements were not put in place to reverse the tide of insecurity.
Abdul Latif Padram, a lawmaker from northeastern Badakhshan province, said the security situation in the north, especially in Badakhshan, was deteriorating with each passing day.
He said the government should withdraw from the BSA if the agreement could not bring security to Afghanistan and its people.
“After signing the BSA, violence and terror attacks had increased and our people have become more insecure,” said Padram.
Ghulam Hussain Nasari from central Maidan Wardak said insurgent activities had increased in the north. He also demanded the government repeal the BSA, which he said was not in the interest of Afghanistan.
Lawmaker Shukria Paikan Ahmadi said 95 percent of Kunduz province was being controlled by militants and security forces had confined their presence to the provincial capital and district headquarters alone.
Sharifi Balkhabi, a lawmaker from Sar-i-Pul province, said severe clashes were underway in six areas of the province between militants and security forces.
He said intelligence reports indicated that the strength of militants had risen from the previous 5,000 to 15,000 now in the province.
He said terrible situations persisted in parts of Jawzjan, Faryab and Balkh provinces, where militants and security forces were locked in fierce gun-battles.
Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahim backed comments from these lawmakers on the current security situation of the country.
He said the president and other government officials had concentrated much of their attention on security related issues so that people could live in a safe and secure environment.
The speaker the situation in northern Afghanistan resembled that of Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan. He said the people of Badakhshan, Takhar, Baghlan and other provinces lived in dangerous conditions.
He said the BSA had been inked after its approval from the lower house and that tomorrow the heads of various commissions would be summoned to brief the house on the process the BSA was approved from the Wolesi Jirga.
Ibrahimi asked the president and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to introduce nominees for the slots of defence minister, attorney general, chief justice and heads of independent organisations.
The speaker also urged the government to step up its efforts at appointing new governors in provinces to fill the administrative vacuum.
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