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Ghani urges Meshrano Jirga members to end strike

Ghani urges Meshrano Jirga members to end strike

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Jul 07, 2015 - 16:03

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has assured lawmakers his ministers would appear before them to answer their questions, the Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon or upper house secretary said on Tuesday.

Senate members have boycotted attending sessions from the last two days in protest against the fast worsening insecurity in the country and the killing of 24 Afghan Local Police (ALP) men in the Jalrez district of Maidan Wardak province by Talibaninfo-icon insurgents.

The ALP members were killed when militants stormed their posts on Thursday and captured the posts. The rebels also decapitated some corpses of the ALP men.

Meshrano Jirga secretary Abdullah Qarlaq told reporters President Ghani on Monday assured the house administrative board that security problems would be solved and officials who had committed negligence in the Jalrez incident would be brought to justice.

The president also ordered the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs to ensure that Cabinet members responded to Meshrano Jirga demands and questions from senators, Qarlag said. “The senators should end their protest and get back to work,” Qarlaq quoted Ghani as saying.

However, Qarlaq said the house members would decide next Saturday whether to continue their protest or resume attendance.

A Meshrano Jirga member Haseebullah Kalimzai said senators would protest again if the president failed to honour his promises.

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