Security bosses fail to satisfy Wolesi Jirga
The interior minister and the acting defence minister and the acting spymaster were summoned by the Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament to answer MPs’ questions.
Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ulumi, Acting Defence Minister Masoom Stanikzai and Acting National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief Massoud Andarabi testified the house about the government’s national security strategy and the Afghan forces’ operations against Daesh and Taliban rebels.
Stanikzai responding to lawmakers’ questions said the national security strategy had been approved two weeks earlier by the National Security Council (NSC), but needed changes based on some requirements.
Without elaborating, Stanikzai said the security strategy was an important document to be acted upon over the five next years and contained short-term, mid-term and long-term plans.
The security programs lasting six to five years explained how to reach to a durable stability and have strong security organs, he said.
He said the security organs would proceed with their plans and campaigns to better manage and prevent security incidents, create special units for emergency and recruit more personnel for fighting against militants.
Calling winter a problematic season for Afghan forces, Stanikzai added security forces would make every effort and use different tactics to subdue militants and keep their posts well equipped.
He said the international community had promised 28 A-29 warplanes and 28,000 armoured vehicles as well a repair center for helicopters and drones besides support for the Afghan National Army (ANA) for the next five years.
However, Interior Minister Noorul Haq Olomi said. “We have chosen winter for military operations and equipping our police and developing our forces from defensive to offensive mode under one of our long-term plans.”
He said the Ministry of Interior had also focused its attention towards improving security on highways and protecting roads.
About militant propaganda war, he said: “Unfortunately some people are deceived by militant propagandas which help the enemies somehow find access to their goals.”
He said police were always in service of people in all parts of the country.
Acting NDS chief Massoud Andarabi also called winter a war season and said despite continued militant attacks in cold weather, the Afghan forces had defeated the enemies with people’s support.
“We have four more winter months, our security forces should note their past experiences and use them against enemies and their nefarious plans,” he said.
Andarabi strongly rejected rumours that militants were supplied weapons by helicopters. He said full coordination existed among security forces on high leadership level, but a little weak on lower level.
Wolesi Jirga speaker Abdur Raouf Ibrahimi said explanations offered by the security bosses about security measures in winter were unacceptable.
“Security officials should prepare a very clear and implementable plan for winter, so we can defeat our enemy and retake control of areas lost to militants,” he said.
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