Afghan lawmakers welcome renewed NATO pledges
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga or upper house of the parliament on Sunday welcomed NATO’s new commitments with Afghanistan in a recent two-day summit in Poland and asked the Afghan government to fulfill its own pledges with the international community.
The heads of states and government of NATO member countries after their summit in Warsaw, the Polish capital, extended the alliance’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan until the end of 2017 and pledged $1 billion in annual aid to fund the Afghan forces until 2020.
On its part, the Afghan government vowed to strengthen the country’s national security departments, increase capacity of security leaders, respect human rights and take measures in light of enforced laws of the country.
The government also promised to increase its participation in equipping Afghan forces by increasing revenue as per decision taken at the Chicago summit and will fully assume the responsibility of financial costs until 2024 (the transformation decade).
The Afghan leaders vowed to continue the process of reforms, banish corruption from government departments and to intensify accountability and economic growth.
Meshrano Jirga member Mohammad Rahim Husanyar told today’s session: “Renewing pledges and committing financial assistance by NATO countries give hope, but on the condition that Afghanistan will remain committed to rooting out corruption, fighting terrorism and mafias within the system and not to allow the foreign aid to go in waste.”
Minority lawmaker Anar Kali Humaryar welcomed the cooperation pledged by NATO leaders with Afghanistan and said: “By using opportunities and available resources, the Afghan government should properly equip security forces in order they wipe out the country’s enemies.”
But Senator Zalmai Zabuli, though welcoming the latest NATO pledges, said not step was taken to end the war in Afghanistan and with NATO’s annual aid until 2020, Afghan forces would be used to reach American goals.
“The government leaders should have told NATO leaders that the Afghans neither need assistance nor they want war. NATO should assist the entire Afghanistan in order to end the war and bring lasting peace to the country.”
Senate’s second deputy chairman Hasibullah Kalimzai said NATO’s renewed pledges showed the alliance was committed to supporting Afghanistan politically and militarily. The pledges gave strength to political stability in Afghanistan and NATO would always standby the Afghans, he said.
First deputy chairman Farhad Sakhi, who presided over the session, said: “As a representatives of the Afghan people, the Meshrano Jirga thanks NATO. The Warsaw summit was a clear message to the enemies of Afghanistan that the western military alliance will always standby the Afghan people.”
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