WJ reconvenes after recess with call for war on Daesh
Wolesi Jirga speaker Abdur Rauf Ibrahimi, while talking during the first session of the final year of the 16th term of the lower house, said, “It has been years, Afghanistan is suffering from foreign conspiracies, we see different terrorist groups emerging everyday in Afghanistan who brutally kill people.”
He said continued suicide attacks and bombings in Afghanistan’s big cities had affected economic and social infrastructures, fueling joblessness and poverty.
Ibrahimi criticised the government and donor countries alike and said, “These people know better the problems of Afghanistan, but did nothing to resolve them.”
Deputy speaker Haji Zahir Qadir also expressed grave concern at the growing insecurity, particularly a wide presence of Daesh in Nangarhar, Kunar, Nuristan and Laghman.
While calling for an all-out war against the IS militants, the deputy speaker urged the government to take stringent steps against the self-styled insurgent group in the eastern zone.
“If the government does not take the challenge seriously, we are ready to use our own resources against the IS insurgents,” he remarked, saying that eastern zone everyday witnessed the war as the Shinwari district had turned into an IS recruitment center.
“Local security and executive officials usually live in centers of the districts and people cannot approach them,” he said.
Wajma Safi, a lawmaker from Kunar, also expressed her concern about insecurity and said IS rebels exploited people’s poverty and recruited youth by giving them a small amount of gold.
“It has been one month since roads to four districts in Kunar and Nuristan are blocked and people are facing different problems,” she said.
A day earlier, a number of elders and influential individuals from the eastern zone gathered in Kabul and asked the government to take urgent measures against rebels.
Under Article 107 of the Constitution, the National Assembly shall hold two regular sessions annually. The terms of both houses shall be nine months every year.
When needed, the assembly shall extend its term. Extraordinary sessions of the assembly during the recess shall be convened by a presidential order. The summer recess of the parliament started on July 23 and ended today.
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