WJ orders investigations into Jalrez incident
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament voiced serious concerns over mayhem in the Jalrez district in central Maidan Wardak province, has tasked internal security and defence commissions to thoroughly probe the incident.
Taliban insurgents on Thursday overrun 12 security check posts in Jalrez district.
Spokesman for Maidan Wardak governor told journalists on Saturday security forces had regained control of all check posts from insurgents, and the ensuing gun battle left 40 rebels dead. He said 24 Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel had also lost their lives in the fighting.
Sediqa Mubarez, lawmaker from Maidan Wardak, accused local officials of negligence and urged the government to punish those officials who did not provide reinforcement on time.
She said Jalrez was only 25 kilometres away from Kabul, but back-up forces could not be reached there in 72 hours.
Chaman Shah Etemadi, Ghazni MP, said: “In apathy and some officials who were in connivance with insurgents caused fatalities in Jalrez.”
Arif Rahmani, another lawmaker, said 500 metres away from the district three public order police check posts located but no cooperation took place with local police.
“All those died are Hazaras, Sarwar Danish and Mohaqiq should either resign or should investigate the incident seriously to know why Hazara ethnicity is being targeted,” he remarked.
Sayed Sadaat Naseri, lawmaker from Daikundi, without going into details called Jalrez incident political. “Those who are sitting in Arg want to destabilize central parts of the country.”
Haji Hazrat Ali, Nangarhar representative, said: “Government’s indifference has caused instability. There is no command and coordination centre and not a single day goes without an army soldier getting killed or beheaded.”
He added Mujahedeen had the potential of fighting insurgents and without them the unity government would fall.
House Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said Jalrez incident was a shocking development. “The issue should be deeply investigated.”
He tasked the internal security and defence commissions of the Wolesi Jirga to investigate the issue and share their findings with the house.
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