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MPs launch signature campaign to summon Khan

Governance & Politics

Ismail Khan

MPs launch signature campaign to summon Khan

Nov 15, 2012 - 15:26

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Some members of the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon on Thursday said up to 40 lawmakers have so far signed a request for summoning Water and Energy Minister Ismail Khan to parliament to answer their queries.

Under Article 92 of the national constitution, the Wolesi Jirga -- on the proposal of 20 percent of its members -- can question a minister. If the explanations given are not satisfactory, the lower house will consider a no-confidence vote.

The legislators are seeking to summon Khan over his plans to constitute a council of mujahideeninfo-icon and distribute arms to his supporters, a public representative from Khost province, Mirbat Khan Mangal, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

A fortnight ago, Khan told a gathering in Herat there would be insecurity in the country without mujahideen’s cooperation after the withdrawal foreign forces from Afghanistaninfo-icon.

The minister said he had discussed the idea with the president and some former jihadiinfo-icon commanders. Media reports say Khan is working on a plan to distribute weapons to his supporters in the province.

Khan’s remarks were indicative of his intention to fuel insecurity in Afghanistan with the support of a foreign country to promote his personal interests after 2014, Mangal claimed.

He said another reason for summoning Khan was that he had spent only a fraction of the development budget of the Ministry of Water and Energy.

A total of 40 MPs signed the request for summoning Khan and the numbers might increase to 50 -- the minimum requirement -- until Saturday, he added.

They were going to summon Khan for trying to disrupt the security situation and divide the Afghans, said another lawmaker from Nangarhar, Aryan Yoon.



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