Senate summons Atmar over recent interview
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga or upper house on Tuesday decided to summon National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar over his recent comments about terrorist groups’ activities in Afghanistan.
Atmar told the Associated Press in an interview on Saturday that Al Qaeda had re-established a presence in Afghanistan and the self-styled Islamic State group had become a serious threat, saying the country was in danger of again becoming a safe haven for terrorists.
Atmar said Al Qaeda, the Taliban, Daesh and other insurgents, including the brutal Haqqani network, which has ties to the Taliban, “are morphing”. “They have not been degraded, they have regenerated themselves,” he said.
Atmar had warned the insurgent groups were reinventing themselves, joining forces, and drawing funds and support from outside as they took advantage of a perceived weakness of Afghan forces following the end of the US-led international combat mission last year.
Senator Lailuma Ahmadi demanded more explanation from the National Security Council’s (NSC) chief about the ongoing insurgency in the country.
Lutfullah Baba, a lawmaker from Nangarhar province, said currently the two leaders of the Islamic State in Afghanistan had developed differences and the government should take advantage.
Mohammad Alam Ezidyar, deputy chairman of the senate, said instead of expressing concerns, Atmar should take decisive action against insurgents.
At the end, the senate decided to summon the national security advisor to brief the house about his comments.
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