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Wolesi Jirga summons top security officials

Wolesi Jirga summons top security officials

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May 24, 2014 - 16:13

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon (WJ) on Saturday decided to summon security officials a week later to brief the august house on the crucial second round of presidential election.

Presidential contenders Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah are set to contest the runoff vote slated for June 14.

Eng. Zakria, a lawmaker from Kabul, told the session sporadic cross-border attacks were being unleashed by neighbouring Pakistaninfo-icon to scuttle the second round of the ballot.

The incursions were aimed to bust the morale of the Afghans and scare them away from the democratic exercise, the public representative remarked.

Pakistan, he alleged, had been attacking different parts of Afghanistaninfo-icon. Consistent firing of rockets into Kunar province has caused life and material losses.

“We have to convince our people to vote and throng to polling stations on June 14. We need to make sure the country does not plunge into a political crisis,” he added.

A lawmaker from Kunar province, Saleh Mohammad Saleh, was concerned about security for the run-off elections. He stressed all Afghans should participate in the elections for a peaceful and developed Afghanistan.

Without going into details, he accused some media outlets of misusing their freedom of expression and working for specific presidential candidate.

His colleague from Ghorinfo-icon province, Sima Joyenda, said security forces should adopt serious measures because the second-round of elections was vital to the future fate of Afghanistan.

Several lawmakers expressed their worries about the security situation and asked the authorities concerned to put in place tight arrangements.

Speaker Abdur Rauf Ibrahimi acknowledged the runoff elections represented a very important process in a peaceful power transfer.

Ibrahimi said the Wolesi Jirga would summon security officials next Saturday to brief legislators on the security measures for the elections.

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