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Resigning officials asked to share reasons with Senate

Resigning officials asked to share reasons with Senate

Mar 29, 2016 - 16:02

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon or Senate members on Tuesday expressed their concern over government’s affairs being run by acting ministers and departmental heads and over recent resignations of some officials.

Recently, former National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) chief Rahmatullah Nabil, Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ulumi, the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) head Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani and mines and petroleum minister Daud Shah Saba resigned from their positions, but Saba’s resignation is yet to be approved by the president.

Senator Gulalai Akbari from northeastern Badakhshan province said the resignations could lead the country into crisis, so reasons behind the move should be identified.

 “There are speculations these officials have resigned under pressure from the government leaders and their illegal demands. If true, the resigning officials should share their problems with lawmakers in order we are able to properly monitor activities of the government,” he said.

Senator Juma Din Giyanwal from southeastern Paktika province said illegal demands from the government leaders might be a reason behind their resignations.

Senator Zalmai Zabuli believed with such resignations, the government could face several challenges. He said it should be investigated whether the resigning officials were honest or the leaders of the government were unable enforce laws.

Senate chairman Fzal Hadi Muslimyar said the Meshrano Jirga could not force the resigning officials into disclosing the reasons behind their resignations because they were no longer government officials. “But if they wish to share the reasons, the Meshrano Jirga will take action if there is any wrongdoing.”

A lawmaker from southern Ghazni province, Mohammad Rahim, condemned Monday’s rocket attack on the parliament building, saying such attacks represented a weak management of security forces and the weak management was a result of running ministries by acting ministers.

MP Mohammad Asif Siddiqui from Logar called performing duty by acting ministers and departmental heads beyond two months against the law.

He asked leaders of the country to introduce ministers-designate and departmental heads to the parliament for a vote of confidence as soon as possible.

Muslimyar also asked the president to replace the acting minister and send his nominees for a vote of confidence to the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon or lower house.

Peace process

The Afghan government wasted six months on the peace process, providing militants the opportunity to get equipped and ready for the spring offensive, Senator Rona Tarin from southern Kandahar province, said, adding the government should not be misled by “fake promises” of Pakistaninfo-icon regarding peace.

The government should support security and defence forces against militants with full power because peace could not come with begging, he said.

Anarkali Hunaryar also criticised the peace process, saying Pakistan was playing a double-game --- raising voice for peace and equipping and supporting militants.

Muslimyar also called Monday’s attack on the parliament building as a “coward act.” “We have to tolerate such a situation until there is peace in the country… Pakistani intelligence shamelessly interferes in Afghanistaninfo-icon affairs and wants to have a puppet government in Afghanistan.”

He said Pakistan had never been honest in maintaining peace in Afghanistan, so Kabul should be ready for the war. “It is our religious duty to support our security and defence forces.”



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