Lawmakers question HPC performance, huge spending
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Mesharano Jirga or upper house members on Tuesday demanded the High Peace Council (HPC) to be abounded as the council did not play significant role in bringing peace to the country despite extravagant expenditures.
Referring to the immense financial cost of HPC, Senator Afzal Shamel said: “Honorable individuals appointed to the peace council and its committees but due to corruption in the process of council affairs annually millions of dollars were embezzled.”
He believed security forces could be better equipped if the amount spent on peace process was allocated for security forces equipment and training.
He accused the financial cost of peace process was much higher in recent years and it did not contribute to the process as it was expected.
According to HPC as many as 13,000 militants have joined the peace process due to the efforts of peace committees while the expenditures of HPC was at round $8 million dollars in the past five years.
Lawmaker Nisar Ahmad said: “Unfortunately the HPC spent 500 million afghanis monthly and had no achievement. The huge spending of the council worried many people.”
According to Haris, some members of the HPC got up to $18,000 salary monthly. He questioned how an individual could accept this amount when he/she did nothing to bring peace to the country. He said: “The lawmakers will raise their vice against injustice otherwise the people will hate us.”
But another Lawmker Mohammad Hanif Hanafi showed strong reaction to Haris remarks and said that HPC Head Per Syed Ahmad Gilani never took amount $18,000 in salary.
Hanifi and Haris involved in verbal clash but security forces prevented the physical engagement.
Deputy Senate Chairman Hasebullah Kalimzai who chaired the session asked the members to maintain discipline in the haul.
He said the spending of HPC in recent years was not acceptable for lawmakers and to the people of Afghanistan.
“If the HPC continued with no achievement than there was a question mark over its existence. The government should reconsider its policy regarding the HPC,” he believed.
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