Pakistan yet to support Afghanistan peace bid
KABUL (Pajhwok): Security bosses on Monday claimed financial assistance with security forces had recently declined, while the Taliban earned $170 million from poppy cultivation and minerals’ excavation last year in southern Helmand province alone, the first deputy speaker said.
The Wolesi Jirga held off-camera session with high-ranking security officials about reasons behind the growing insecurity in much of the country.
National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar, spymaster Rahmatllah 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.
The off-camera session lasted five hours and journalists had to wait outside the parliament building for lawmakers to come out and speak to them what discussed behind the closed doors. But the MPs went out through the alternative gate and did not speak to journalists.
But first deputy speaker Haji Zahir Qadir told reporters that the security officials said Pakistan was yet to take practical steps to assist Afghanistan in maintaining security and reviving peace talks with the rebels.
The lawmaker from eastern Nangarhr province said explanations offered by the top security officials did not satisfy him. He added the spy-service director said Afghanistan lacked a strong air force and financial assistance with the Afghan forces had declined that was why insecurity had increased.
Another lawmaker Abdul Rahman Rahmani expressed similar views. He said the security officials presented strong arguments when lawmakers asked them questions.
He said the session did not deserve to be held off-camera, adding that the security officials should find out main causes of the surge in terror incidents and present their reports to the house.
He added the security bosses said some internal elements were involved in the recent spike in violence, but they did not name them despite lawmakers’ insistence.
Rahmani and another MP Ghulam Hussain Nasari said they agreed with the security officials that Pakistan was behind the current violence in Afghanistan.
Nasari said Pakistan had never been sincere in its relations with Afghanistan. He said the neighbouring country was perusing dual-faced policies in Afghanistan. He said Islamabad openly showed commitment to fighting terrorism and extremism, but covertly supported militant outfits.
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