MPs demand urgent action to silence ‘Caliphate Radio’
KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga or upper house members on Tuesday expressed their deep concerns over broadcasts by “Caliphate Radio” belonging to the Islamic State in eastern Nangarhar province and demanded an immediate halt to its broadcasts.
According to reports, the radio has been airing anti-government programmes over the past two weeks. The radio broadcast facility is believed to be in lawless tribal areas of Pakistan.
Lawmaker Anarkali Hunaryar said the Caliphate Radio helped militants recruit more fighters and the government of Afghanistan should talk to Pakistan on silencing the transmissions. She said if the radio was not dismantled, the Afghan youth might not be safe and they could be attracted to militancy.
Lailuma Ahmadi, another lawmaker, also expressed her concerns over the emergence of the radio that spread Daesh agenda.
Ahmadi said the negligence by the ministries of information and culture, the interior and the telecommunications would hurt public trust in the government. She asked the officials concerned to target sources financing the IS radio.
The deputy Senate chairman said the existence of such a radio station developed mistrust between the government and the masses.
He asked the authorities concerned to take immediate steps in this regard and contact Pakistani officials if the radio station broadcasted from their side of the Durand Line.
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