Meshrano Jirga blasts NDS, ISI agreement
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some members of Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament on Tuesday criticized signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between spy agencies of Afghanistan and Pakistan, calling Pakistan’s intelligence agency Afghanistan’s enemy.
Based on the agreement, both the countries would also jointly fighting terrorists’ groups and would interrogate terror suspects.
Ajmal Obaid Abidy, presidential spokesman told reporters: “The agreement was not something new between Pakistan and Afghanistan. In the past also, both the agencies had such agreements. Now the major focus of the agreement is on fighting terrorism.”
Members of upper house of parliament criticized the deal. Musa Khan Achakzai, a lawmaker from Kandahar, said: “Throughout the troubled history, We shouldn’t go under the influence of ISI.”
He called the agreement against the interest of Afghan people, saying security forces especially the NDS should not be under the influence of any other organization.
Nesar Haris, another lawmaker, said: “People of the country are not happy with this agreement. For experience, people should be sent to Europe and the US but unfortunately our security forces are being trained by Pakistan.”
The NDS has announced that the initiative was taken for the purpose of sharing information on a tactical level on mutual threats.
The agency has rejected reports that its personnel would be trained by Pakistan’s ISI.
Jumaddin Gianwal, another member of the upper house, accused the Afghan government of handing over the country’s keys to an enemy that has destroyed a strong 100-year old Afghan army.
He warned things should be reexamined or the country would turn into another Vietnam with Pakistan’s interferences.
The house speaker Fazel Hadi Muslimyar said ISI was Afghanistan’ enemy and the country should not surrender itself to an enemy. “With perfidy and tricks they want to change the white flags to black.”
“We shouldn’t have good expectations from the enemy. Enemy is enemy, they can’t be our friend,” he added.
The defence and international affairs committees of the house were tasked by the speaker to summon officials to brief the house on the agreement.
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