Wolesi Jirga to devise inclusive security plan
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday announced working out an inclusive security plan in collaboration with security agencies to curb the vicious wave of violence plaguing several provinces.
Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi told the session that the deteriorated security situation was of great concern and acting governors, lack of a security strategy and the absence of a defence minister were the main factors contributing to insecurity.
He tasked the house internal security, defence and international affairs commissions to work on a comprehensive security plan in coordination with security agencies and refer it to the parliament for approval.
Some lawmakers expressed concerns over the deteriorating law and order situation across the country, saying people’s representatives and the government should take necessary steps to deal with the emerging challenges.
Ali Akbar Qasimi, a lawmaker from southern Ghazni province, told the session that leaders were indifferent to beef up security at a time when the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity was challenged.
He urged the house to work on a plan that mobilised the masses against insurgents and the enemies of Afghanistan.
Asmatullah Shinwari, another lawmaker from eastern Nangarhar province, also cited running affairs by acting governors, administrative graft and the rise in poppy cultivation some of the many reasons fueling insecurity.
Lawmaker Shekiba Hashimi said: “The conflict in Afghanistan has internal and external factors. If we can’t take care of the external reasons at least we should address the internal ones.”
“The lack of people’s trust in the government, widespread corruption, problems in elections, illegal armed groups and lack of coordination among security forces are internal challenges that should be tackled,” she added.
Hashimi urged the government not to waste more time on naming a defence minister and provincial governors.
MP Asifa Shadab said the High Peace Council (HPC) proved to be ineffective and should be dissolved. “The council does not have any achievement except spending millions of money.”
First deputy speaker Haji Zahir Qadir also said the HPC had achieved nothing significant so far. “Peace with unknown people won’t bear any result. Mullah Omar should be found and talked to.”
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