MPs hold off-camera session on insecurity, BSA
National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar, spymaster Rahmatullah Nabil, Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ulumi and acting Defence Minister Inayatullah Nazari attended the session to brief lawmakers about the current security situation and the Bilateral Security Agreement with the United States.
Earlier in the day, some lower house members renewed their call for the government to revoke the BSA following an unprecedented rise in insecurity across Afghanistan.
Abdul Latif Padram, a lawmaker from northeastern Badakhshan province, said the security situation deteriorated after the agreement was inked. “After signing the BSA, violence and terror attacks increased and our people have become more insecure,” said Padram.
He termed signing of the BSA as national treason and said a Loya Jirga should be called into session on the existing issues.
Another lawmaker Naqibullah Faiq said the Wolesi Jirga did nothing wrong by approving the BSA, but officials should be asked why some articles of the agreement could not be implemented until now.
Some lawmakers claimed some 300 people from Pakistan and other countries had reached Faryab, Kunduz and Sar-i-Pul provinces to purchase poppy harvest.
Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said lawmakers always complained against insecurity and violence but a majority of them did not appear when the officials concerned were called to answer their questions.
Out of total 249, only 70 lawmakers were present at Monday session.
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