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Senate summons Atmar over BSA, insecurity

Senate summons Atmar over BSA, insecurity

May 03, 2015 - 23:16

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon on Sunday said insecurity increased in the country due to non-implementation of the bilateral security agreement (BSA) with the United States and asked the president’s advisor on national security to answer questions raised by lawmakers.

On Sept 30, 2014, the new government inked the BSA with Washington and a separate Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with NATOinfo-icon, allowing a residual force of nearly 10,000 international troops to stay on in Afghanistaninfo-icon beyond 2014.

As per the BSA agreement, the US forces' mission would be to "enhance the ability of Afghanistan to deter internal and externalinfo-icon threats against its sovereignty and "advising, training, equipping and sustaining" Afghanistan's National Defense and Security Forces “as appropriate.”

Senators on Sunday discussed the BSA and the worsening security situation in the country.

Rahmatullah Achakzai from southern Kandahar province said the deal with the US was a curse that gave birth to Daesh and deteriorated Afghanistan’s security situation.

“The Meshrano Jirga blindly trusted in and approved the BSA which should be reconsidered,” he added.

Gulalai Akbari from northeastern Badakhshan province said the Afghan Army had not received equipment as promised in the accord, which had not been even 10 percent implemented.

Farida Kuchiinfo-icon, a Kuchi tribe representative, said Uzbek, Chinese, Al Qaeda, Daesh and other militants had increased their activities in Afghanistan since singing the BSA.

“Americans bring Daesh fighters in airplanes to Afghanistan. The Americans have destroyed Afghans. To hell with the US financial aid that brings destruction to Afghanistan.”

Senate chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar said National Security Advisor Hanif Atmer should brief lawmakers about the non-implementation of the BSA.

“If we did not satisfy with his explanations, we will make another decision that will be sent to the government. then it will be up to the government to accept or deny that.”

A majority of lawmakers voted to summon Atmar to the upper house on Tuesday to answer their questions.



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