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Back from summer recess, WJ summons security bosses

Back from summer recess, WJ summons security bosses

Sep 07, 2016 - 15:29

KABULinfo-icon CITY (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon (WJ), or lower house of parliament, on Wednesday summoned top security officials to brief lawmakers on the current situation.

The session, the first after the assembly returned from the 45-day summer recess, was held behind closed doors. The house had risen for the summer vacation on July 22.

Under Article 107 of the Constitution, the National Assembly will hold two regular sessions annually. The term of both sessions shall be nine months every year,

When needed, the assembly shall extend its term. Extraordinary sessions of the lower house during recess shall be convened by a presidential order.

Defence Minister Gen. Abdullah Habibi, Interior Minister Gen. Taj Mohammad Jahid and Mohammad Masoom Stanikzai, heads of the National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon), appeared before MPs to offer their views on the situation.

Much of the grilling revolved around fresh attacks in Kabul, where scores of people were killed and wounded.

Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi expressed deep concern over the security environmentinfo-icon in the country and termed it dangerous. He recalled incidents of violence that targeted lawmakers and asked security bosses to prevent such assaults.

Ghulam Hussain Naseri, a lawmaker from Maidan Wardak province, questioned how an explosives-laden vehicle could enter Kabul. “It’s not possible without the help of the fifth column within the government structure.”

Farooq Majrooh, a legislator from western Herat province, said the enemy was aware of everything the government did or planned. He called for unmasking the elements who leaked such information to rebels.

The issue of holding the Wolesi Jirga session behind closed doors was decided through votes,with 64 members present. According to constitution the presence of 124 lawmakers is mandatory.


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