Pakistan behind Afghan parliament attack: Senators
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some members of Mesharano Jirga or upper house of parliament on Tuesday while condemning Taliban attack on Wolesi Jirga building accused Pakistan for abetting Taliban to storm the house.
A group of suicide bombers stormed Wolesi Jirga building on the Darul Aman road at around 10:30am on Monday.
The Wolesi Jirga was holding a general session where Masoom Stanikzai was introduced as defence minister-designate for a vote of confidence when the attack erupted.
Kabul police spokesperson Ebadullah Razin told Pajhwok Afghan News eight attackers were eliminated by security forces. Twenty persons, including women and children, suffered casualties in the clash, with some of them were stated to be in critical condition.
Spokesman of the Public Health Ministry said 31 wounded civilians had been shifted to Istiqlal, Emergency and Sadri-Ibni-Sina government hospitals for treatment.
Senate Chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar denounced the attack in strong words. He said the enemies of Afghanistan were involved in the attack and they were known to everyone. “Pakistan is the enemy of the people of Afghanistan and they do not want peace and stability in our country,” he noted.
The lawmakers demanded immediate halt of the ongoing peace process and asked the government to tackle insurgents with iron hand.
He said peace could not be achieved when it was the desire of a single party and our holy book Quran teach us to hold talks with those who are willing for.
Muslimyar said the president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) had the trust and support of eight million people and still they hesitate to fight the enemy. He reiterated his opposition with a separate office for Taliban in Qatar.
Mohammad Alim Azidyar, senate deputy chairman, condemned the attack and said such incidents happened due to weaknesses of security forces.
Lawmaker Zalmai Zabuli accused US as the main facilitator of war in Afghanistan. He said peace could not be achieved until the issue of Durand Line was resolved.
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