MPs want security bosses grilled over growing unrest
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday said security bosses lacked the ability to improve the country’s security situation and called for the officials concerned to be summoned to answer questions from lawmakers.
Speaking at the general session of the lower house, Maulvi Abdul Rahman Rahmani from northern Balkh province said it was due to the government’s weak administration that insecurity had been on the rise in northern provinces.
Rahmani claimed the war was currently underway in 25 provinces and 136 districts were on the verge of collapse to the enemy.
Ali Akbar Qasimi from Ghazni province said at least 70 policemen had been killed in Ghazni in late August this year alone.
He alleged security officials with their weak approach could not handle militants and the government did not react until a district fell to the insurgents.
Another lawmaker Zakya Sangin said insecurity had blocked development in the country and they should not expect anything good in the current circumstances.
Qazi Abdul Rahim, a lawmaker from Badghis province, said the Qala-i-Naw-Herat highway in the province remained closed against traffic for the past four days and dozens of police had been besieged by Taliban, but no operation could be launched to rescue them and reopen the road.
Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahim tasked the house’s security and defence commission to summon the officials concerned to brief the house about the ongoing security situation.
He, however, said the Wolesi Jirga should prepare a plan and hand it over to security officials for implementation.
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