Forces supporting IS need to be exposed: MP
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Hazrat Ali, a lawmaker in the Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament from eastern Nangarhar, while expressing serious reservations about unexpected surge in Daesh or Islamic State (IS) strength has urged government to identify forces who provided the new terror group its continued support.
The lawmaker expressed this in a gathering of tribal elders from eastern zone on Friday. Hundreds of tribal leaders attended the event arranged to demand central government to shift more focus on the development of eastern provinces.
Hazrat Ali, an influential figure and lawmaker, while speaking to the participants questioned how Daesh got a sudden strength in the Shinwari districts of the province.
“Daesh fighters have increased in number considerably in Shinwari area. We have talked to senior officials in Kabul and asked them how this group emerged all in a sudden. I asked officials in Kabul to tell our people who brought Daesh fighters and who are supporting them,” the lawmaker added.
He asked tribal elders they should not support the new terror group. “Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif warned Taliban to end fighting or be ready for dire consequences. I ask Nawaz Sharif that the resurgence of Daesh is a project. One project is about to end and another starts,” he added.
He urged the government to pay special attention to develop the neglected provinces of eastern zone. “The government is not heading toward right direction. I don’t think the government will complete its constitutionally mandated tenure. I ask people to play an active role to protect their constitutional rights,” he added.
Mirwais Yasini, another lawmaker, also complained about growing insecurity in parts of eastern provinces and urged the government to keep lion share in development projects for eastern provinces.
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