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Senators condemn NATO airstrike in Helmand

Senators condemn NATO airstrike in Helmand

Sep 08, 2015 - 18:56

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some Mesharano Jirgainfo-icon or upper house of parliament members on Tuesday denounced a NATOinfo-icon airstrike that allegedly killed 17 Afghan counternarcotics police in southern Helmand province, calling for the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) to be scrapped.

The NATO raid took place on Sunday night in Reg area, according to the provincial police chief, Major Gen. Nabi Jan Mullahkhel.

Senator Jumma Din Gyanwal, expressing his concern over the worsened security situation of the country, said the ongoing war in Afghanistaninfo-icon was between the US, the United Kingdom (UK) and Pakistaninfo-icon. He added the Afghan government, the Talibaninfo-icon and Daesh lacked the capacity to bring the conflict to an end.

Condemning the NATO airstrike, he said the BSA was not in the interest of Afghanistan. He questioned why NATO airstrikes did not target Taliban or Desh fighters instead of Afghan police.

He said the BSA was inked in a hurry, while the Afghan government had failed to make sure its execution. The lawmaker said after the signing of the vital agreement, insecurity had increased and capital was flying from the country.

Senator Nazar Mohammad Faqiri also lamented the security situation of the country and said since the last two months, heavy clashes had been ongoing between Taliban and security personnel. He said the enemy had surrounded security forces.

He linked the establishment of peace and stability with the US by saying the insurgents had been waging the war against Afghanistan with the permission of the US.

Mohammad Alam Ezedyar, first deputy Senate chairman, asked the house international affairs commission to summon foreign minister and national security advisor to brief lawmakers about the security situation.

Coming hard on the government, he said corruption was deeply rooted in every department of the government, including the parliament.

He said Afghanistan was currently struggling with political, economical and security crises and asked the government to work for the country’s stability.



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