MPs view NDS, ISI agreement against national interest
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of members of Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Monday criticized an agreement inked between the spy networks of the two neighboring countries, calling the move against national interest of Afghanistan.
Based on agreement, the ISI would train and equip NDS personnel and both the agencies would closely cooperate in their fight against terror.
Presidential spokesman Ajmal Obaid Abidy called the agreement a necessity in fighting terrorism. “The agreement between the two intelligence agencies is not something new. They had such agreements in the past also and now their focus will be on mutual cooperation against terrorism.”
Some members of parliament, however, criticized the agreement.
Nader Shah Bahar, a lawmaker from Ghor, criticized the agreement and said: “Those who call the war in Afghanistan as intelligence war, now sign this agreement.”
Ali Akbar Qasemi, MP from Ghazni, told today’s session: “Our only hope was our security forces. Now that ISI would train them then we should consider this country finished.”
He said national security advisor and NDS head should be summoned to parliament to brief the august house on the controversial agreement.
Abdul Rahman Rahmani, Balkh lawmaker, said signing Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the U.S. did not resolve Afghanistan’s problems.
“Until today, they were screaming shamelessly that Pakistan’s intelligence was behind the war, but now they sign an agreement with Pakistan,” he added.
“Signing this agreement is against our national interest,” said Habiba Danish another lawmaker.
“This situation would take the country towards destruction,” remarked another MP Ahmad Shah Ramazan.
He went on to say that with this agreement Afghan government was giving the brains and ideas of Afghan people to Pakistan. “Didn’t Afghanistan’s leaders know that Pakistan is Afghan people’s enemy number one?”
Haji Qadir, deputy speaker, tasked the defence, internal security and international affairs commissions of the house to summon NDS chief and National Security Advisor for more details to a joint session.
“Any agreement that is being signed has no legitimacy without ratification of Wolesi Jirga,” he added.
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