Wolesi Jirga to investigate Paghman attack
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Saturday questioned the transfer of a large number of police cadets without needed security measures in place and called for ‘real perpetrators’ of the attack in Paghman district to be punished.
At least two Taliban bombers ambushed five buses carrying police cadets from central Maidan Wardak province to capital Kabul, destroying two buses in Haidar Ali Khan area of Paghman district -- 20 kilometres west of Kabul.
The cadets were returning from a training centre in central Maidan Wardak and were heading to the capital on leave. The first bomber targeted the buses carrying trainee policemen and their instructors.
A second bomber attacked 20 minutes later when police arrived at the scene on the Kabul-Kandahar highway to evacuate the dead and wounded. The Taliban claimed 150 police had been killed and dozens more wounded.
On Thursday evening, the Ministry of Interior put the toll at 30 dead and 58 wounded. But in a statement on Friday, the ministry revised the toll at 33 dead and 79 injured. Two of the wounded were civilians and the rest trainee police.
Seddiq Osmani, a lower house member from central Parwan peoplesaid: “Thursday’s incident shows poor management, it is questionable how more than 400 police cadets are transferred through a route on which many government officials had been targeted in the past.”
He said officials responsible for the transfer of the cadets had committed negligence and should be investigated.
His colleague from Daikundi province, Nasrullah Sadeqi, said: “Paghman incident is serious and needs thorough investigation, we do not trust the government that it would investigate it, some reports say the police academy was aware of the incident.”
A lawmaker from Kunar province, Saleh Mohammad Saleh, said if such an incident happened in another country, many ministers of that country would resign. “We would not let our sons become victims of games,” he said.
Zahir Saadat, a lawmaker from Panjsher province, said it was questionable that no one had so far accepted their mistake.
Several other lawmakers also blamed the police academy officials for negligence and asked the government to investigate them.
Wolesi Jirga speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi condemned the incident and said the attack on new police graduates was a tragedy carried out by the enemies.
“The parliament, particularly Wolesi Jirga, should not simply forget the incident,” he said.
Ibrahimi ordered the house internal security commission to seriously investigate the Paghman incident and share its findings with lawmakers and the people.
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