Govt again asked to introduce defence minister-designate
KABUL (Pajhwok): Linking the prevailing spell of violence with absence of responsible officials, some Wolesi Jirga (WJ) members on Saturday again asked the government to introduce defence minister-designate otherwise more provinces could fall into Taliban’s hand.
The lawmakers raised concerns about security situation at a time when anti-state elements had intensified attacks against security personnel and state installations and captured some strategic areas in parts of the country especially in the north.
Speaker Abdul Rahim Ibrahimi grilled the unity government for not failing to introduce defence minister--- the slot which was direly needed to be headed by a competent person.
“We have told President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah time and again to introduce defence minister for vote of confidence but no one took it seriously,” he rued.
He praised the courage and valor of security forces, but said the absence of leadership could have dangerous consequences on overall country’s security.
Abdul Rahman Rahmani, a lawmaker from Balkh province, said the current war was being backed by foreigners. He swore that foreign copters supplied arms and other logistic support to insurgents to their hideouts.
Without going into detail, he said: “Our leadership has miserably failed to benefit from the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA). The US has provided us with poison instead of honey after the BSA was inked.”
Another lawmaker Shahzada Shahid said fierce fighting was underway between militants and security forces in different parts of the country. He feared people might support insurgent if insurgents got control of more provinces because they were not happy with the performance of the government.
Haji Allah Gul Mujahid, a lawmaker from Kabul province, said reports were circulating that government kept the Defence Ministry position vacant to offer to Taliban if a deal was reached with the militants.
He questioned if the reports were wrong then why the government did not introduce nominee for Defence Ministry.
Earlier, the speaker had ordered various commissions of the WJ to draft security in collaboration with security institutions and refer to lower house for approval.
Meanwhile Sidique Sidiqui, the interior ministry spokesman, ruled out possibility that any of the provinces would fall into enemy’s hands.
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