MPs donate over 1m afghanis to parliament security
On Tuesday, eight attackers stormed the parliament building but faced stern resistance from security personnel. Kabul police chief said all eight attackers were gunned down. Two civilians were killed and 28 others wounded in the incident.
At least six of the attackers were killed by widely praised Essa Khan, a soldier of Afghan National Army (ANA).
In reward, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani promoted and awarded an apartment to Essa Khan. In addition, 64 members of the upper house donated 320,000 afghanis to him, the house chairman gave him 200,000 afghanis, Eng. Farhad Sakhi and Gen. Abdul Raziq assisted him with 200,000 and 300,000 afghanis respectively.
First vice-president Abdul Rashid Dostum awarded Essa Khan a Hilux vehicle and $5,000.
Today the lawmakers appreciated Essa Khan’s bravery and patriotism, urging the government to honour all security personnel of the parliament.
Nilofar Ibrahimi, a lawmaker from northeastern Badakhshan province, said: “We should appreciate Essa Khan, but should not forget other soldiers who offered resistance during the assault.”
She said the president should have invited all security personnel and appreciated them. “If the government could not give them all cash, at least they should’ve announced one extra month salary.”
Other members of the house also asked all security personnel should be appreciated.
In line with lawmakers’ agreement, speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, asked the house’s administrative panel to donate their one-day salary worth more than one million afghanis to enhance security of parliament.
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