MPs ask Ulumi to expose ‘friends’ behind unrest
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga or lower house members on Saturday asked Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ulumi to explain his statement that “friends were behind insecurity in the north.”
Ulumi on Thursday claimed recent attacks in northern provinces were being mounted by those who had accepted Afghanistan’s laws, but they preferred personal interests over the national interest.
Addressing a gathering in Kunduz City, Ulumi assured the northern province would never fall to insurgents.
Lawmakers on Saturday debated Ulumi remarks and asked the government to expose individuals who received salaries from the government and funds from outside to spread insecurity in the country.
Abdul Rahman Rahmani, a lawmaker from northern Balkh province, said Ulumi should name those he accused of violence in the north.
Another lawmaker Ghulam Hussain Nasari complained about the deteriorating security situation in much of the country. He asked said the interior minister to disclose the names of individuals involved in destabilising the country.
He said Afghan forces had always sacrificed their lives to protect the country, but it seemed there was no sincerity in the government’s political framework.
“I will say president Ashraf Ghani is himself involved in insecurity and the proof is that he has been unable to introduce the cabinet in seven months allowing foreign terrorists to find safe havens in Afghanistan.”
Female lawmaker from Kunduz Fatima Azizi said both leaders of the unity government were responsible for the growing insecurity in the country.
“These leaders have cut deals on the blood of our youth under which our youth are being killed on a daily basis,” she remarked.
She said if the two leaders truly stood behind the security forces, the forces had the ability to maintain security.
First deputy speaker Abdul Zahir Qadir, who presided over the session, said the interior minister would be asked explanation through a letter.
He also said security officials would be called to appear before the house on Sunday to brief lawmakers about recent insecurity.
Some lawmakers renewed their call for scrapping the security deal with the United States, which they claimed had failed to go by the accord.
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