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Senators call for strengthening security forces

Senators call for strengthening security forces

Mar 13, 2011 - 17:16

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Senators on Sunday called for strengthening Afghan forces to ensure a successful transition of the security responsibility from foreign troops, a process due to start in July.

The upper house considered the planned transition a "good omen" for peace and security in the country, saying Afghan forces were capable of maintaining security if they were provided with sufficient weapons.

Senator Sayed Farrukh Shah Janab said: "Modern weaponry and a sense of patriotism among Afghan forces hold the key to better national security."

But another Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon member, Lailuma Ahmadi, said national forces could maintain security in urban stations, not in border areas. Until 2014, NATOinfo-icon-led soldiers should maintain security in border areas, she suggested.

"Neighbouring countries are equipping insurgents groups against Afghanistaninfo-icon and that's why our national forces need international help in fighting against them," the lawmaker added.

Her colleague, Gul Ahmad Azimi, lashed out at the Ministry of Defence for replacing professional, competent and experienced officers with junior staff. "If they are called back, security problems could be reduced to an extent."

First Deputy Chairman Mohammad Alam Ezedyar asked members whether to summon security officials to explain the transition process during the next general session. Many senators responded in the affirmative by holding aloft green cards.

President Hamid Karzai is expected to announce next week areas, where the security responsibility will be transferred from international troops to their Afghan counterparts.


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