Senators worried about country’s security situation
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga or upper house on Tuesday held its first session after the summer break, but only 14 lawmakers were present, who called the country’s current security situation as ‘worrying’.
During the session, a number of senators expressed their views about the prevailing security situation and called it concerning.
Senator Baz Mohammad Zormatai from southeastern Paktia province said the differences between the unity government leaders and security lapses caused the security situation to worsen day-by-day.
He said the lack of coordination among security forces and local officials in most provinces had made key districts prone to falling to Taliban.
Senator Allah Dad Andar from Ghazni said insecurity had increased beyond limits in the southern and southwestern parts of the country and if attention was not paid, the situation would worsen.
He said insurgents widely existed in Ghazni and security forces periodical ground and air operations against rebels had little impact on the ground situation.
Amina Fazali from Herat said the unity government leaders should end their differences as soon as possible as the absence of understanding between the two leaders had a negative impact on the security situation and other affairs.
She said the security situation in Herat, compared to the past had been better relatively over the past one and a half months but explosions, suicide attacks and kidnapping continued.
Safiullah Hashimi, another lawmaker, said the security situation was weakening in the whole of the country.
Lawmaker Amir Bahadarshah called Kabul ‘a city without door’ and said insurgents could strike a few steps far from the Presidential Palace easily.
He said security forces enjoyed privileges but some did not perform duty properly. He said those ignoring duty should be prosecuted.
Other representatives also called the security situation in the country as ‘alarming’.
Senator Taiba suggested constituency-based elections and said if constituency-based elections were conducted, people associated with mafia circles would not be able to participate.
The Wolesi Jirga or lower house is all set to return from the summer break tomorrow.
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