MPs demand ‘extraordinary’ security huddle
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday condemned yesterday’s attacks in Kabul, Kandahar and Helmand provinces and lashed out at the intelligence agencies over failing to prevent such incidents.
On Tuesday, seven people were killed and six injured in a suicide attack in Lashkargah, the capital of Helmand in the morning.
Later in the day, 11 people were killed including five UAE diplomats, two MPs and deputy Kandahar governor and eight others were injured including the Kandahar governor and the UAE envoy to Kabul in a bomb blast inside the governor’s house in Kandahar City.
Hours later, 50 people were killed and more than 100 wounded including a lawmaker from Herat province in two suicide bombings in front of the parliament building in Kabul.
Shekiba Hashemi, a lawmaker from Kandahar, told the lower house today’s session that it was the weakness of intelligence sector that allowed the enemies to reach to secure areas and carry out attacks.
She criticized security organs and said: “The president should call an extraordinary meeting and review the country’s security situation because security challenges have increased and people are worried about them.”
Lawmaker Ghulam Faroq Majroh condemned the attacks and said it should be clarified whether the intelligence was weak or there was a shortage of resources.
He said if there was a shortage of resources then the lower house would decide about it and allocate funds for the security sector in the draft budget awaiting the house’s approval.
The government leaders should take measures to prevent a repetition of such incidents in future, Majroh added.
Abdul Qadir Zazai, a lawmaker from Kabul, said, “Yesterday’s attacks proved incompetency of security organs and weakness of intelligence, the government should pay attention.”
Some other lawmakers held similar views and requested the president to hold an extraordinary security meeting.
Niamatullah Ghafari, second deputy speaker, slammed Tuesday’s attacks and asked the president to hold an extraordinary meeting with the attendance of leadership board members of both parliament houses and assess the country’s security situation.
Meanwhile, Meshrano Jirga chairman, Fazal Hadi Muslimyar, told reporters: “We are saddened over the attacks in Kabul, Kandahar and Helmand yesterday, the attacks were ominous acts and unjustifiable, I assure you we would ensure freedom and democracy with sacrifices.”
He also said it was intelligence failure to prevent the attack on the parliament. Pointing to security organs, he said: “Be cautious the enemies are trying to show their power in winter season and weaken people’s morale.”
Muslimyar asked people to support security forces as Afghan forces alone could not fight international terrorism.
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