Arms being distributed illegally in Badakhshan: MPs
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some members of lower house of parliament or Wolesi Jirga from northeastern Badakhshan province on Saturday alleged unlicensed weapons were being distributed in some stable districts of the province.
Zekria Sauda, a lawmaker from Badakhshan, told the house some officials from the government had hand in distribution of weapons. “The arms are being distributed in the districts bordering Tajikistan despite people’s reservations.”
Darwaz, Ashkashem, Sheghnan, Khwahan, Rakh-o-Wakhan are among districts bordering Tajikistan.
Sauda urged government to allay people’s reservations. He accused the government of not taking serious actions against 400 Daesh fighters and over 700 Taliban members operating openly in the area.
“In parts of Badakhshan, security forces face shortages of weapons and ammunitions. Nobody helps them but for districts that are safe the government distributes weapons,” he claimed.
Fawzia Kofi, another MP from Badakhshan, expressed concerns about distribution of weapons in the province.
She alleged some groups inside the government wanted to incite clashes among groups for their personal interests. “If the hands of these groups are not cut short, we’ll witness incidents that have not been repeated in the history of Afghanistan.”
Kofi said the government should focus on strengthening security forces, rather than illegally arming people.
Abdul Qadir Zaheer, first deputy speaker, who chaired the session, said lawmakers should present evidence in connection of their claims. He promised the house would investigate those claims.
Sediq Seddiqi, spokesman of Ministry of Interior, rejected that the government had distributed illegal weapons to civilians.
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