MPs want UN, US, UK envoys summoned over insecurity
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga (WJ) members on Monday accused the government of failing to reverse the tide of insecurity, expressing the desire to summon US, UK and UN envoys to the lower house over the deteriorating security situation.
Abdul Rhman Shaheedani, a lawmaker from central Bamyan province, said the government had miserably failed in maintaining security across the country.
He said nobody felt secure in northern Kunduz province and the supreme commander of the armed forces was responsible for the current state of affairs.
Earlier in the day, local officials said Taliban attacks on northern Kunduz City had been repulsed, but the rebels claimed capturing several areas and government buildings including the main hospital.
The Taliban launched their coordinated attacks on Kunduz City, the capital of Kunduz province, on Sunday night at around 2am, overrunning some areas around the city.
Sher Wali Wardak, a lawmaker from Kabul, said people across the country had been raising the issue of fast deteriorating security, but there was no one to take measures and improve the situation.
He urged the speaker to summon ambassadors of UN, US and UK and question from them about Afghanistan’s security situation because the keys to peace and stability were in their hands.
MP Zmarak Padkhwabi echoed Wardak remarks and demanded the foreign envoys be summoned to the house.
Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi urged unity and said: “You the representatives of the house should have been in Kunduz now to show solidarity with security forces.”
Qazi Nazir Ahmad Hanafi, a lawmaker from Herat, criticised the US for what he said assisting both parties to the conflict in Afghanistan. He questioned why the US did not provide complete equipment to Afghan security forces.
The speaker said the security situation in some provinces was going out of control and said the parliament could do nothing except summoning government officials to ask them about their failure.
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