Lawmakers seek removal of Ghazni police officials
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some lawmakers on Wednesday demanded police chief and deputy police chief of southern Ghazni province be sacked due to negligence in preventing a major jailbreak.
In a brazen attack on the Ghazni prison three days back, more than 355 inmates escaped. Four policemen and four of the assailants were killed in the incident. As many as 148 inmates were accused of crimes against national security.
Mohammad Arif Rahmani, a Wolesi Jirga member from Ghazni, said: “The incident was an intelligence conspiracy. Four times, police had been tipped about the incident but due to negligence no preventive measures were taken.”
Shah Gul Rezaee, another MP from Ghazni, insisted on the removal of senior police officials in the province. “Over the past 15 days, police were informed four times. Eighteen inmates were transferred to Kabul, but no measures for thwarting the incident were initiated.”
She feared the incident would have a negative impact on Ghazni and neighboring provinces’ security. She claimed the assailants had also secured cooperation from inside the prison. Evidence of it was also available, she claimed.
Without going into details, the MP demanded a Wolesi Jirga delegation be sent to Ghazni investigate the incident.
Other members of the house also demanded thorough investigations into the attack and asked the interior minister to sack police officials in the province.
Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi directed the house internal security, defence and legislative commissions to probe the incident. “Any official found involved in dereliction of duty be sacked and punished.”
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