Senators boycott sitting to protest insecurity
KABUL (Pajhwok): Members of the upper house of parliament or senate on Sunday vowed not to attend Wednesday’s meeting as a token of protest against what they said deteriorated worst law and order situation specifically the gruesome killing of Afghan Local Police (ALP) in central Maidan Wardak province.
Last Thursday, heavily-armed insurgents stormed and seized several police check posts and later killed 24 ALP men mercilessly in central Maidan Wardak.
However, officials said security forces regained control of security check posts that overran by insurgents.
Senators called it sheer negligence on behalf of the officials concerned who had sent reinforcement troops in 72 hours.
Fazal Hadi Muslimyar, chairman of the upper house, called it negligence and added that security forces had also demonstrated laxity in several other areas from their duties like northeastern Badakhshan, southern Helmand and eastern Nangarhar provinces.
Muslimyar complained government did not take upper house decision seriously. Foreign and communication and information and technology ministers did not come to the house even they were summoned by the august house.
“Therefore, as a protest, members of the upper house have decided not to meet on Wednesday,” Muslimyar informed.
The upper house regularly meets with commissions on Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday. He noted that senators would wait for the reaction of the government with regard of their boycott.
The upper house would prolong their protest had the government would not show seriousness to address security situation in the country.
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