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Govt wants summoning security officials delayed

Govt wants summoning security officials delayed

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Mar 26, 2017 - 18:00

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Tension between the Presidential Palace and the Parliament has increased over summoning of security sector ministers as the president once again met a senior parliamentary delegation on Sunday.

Some parliament members claim the president has warned of dissolving the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon if security sector officials were summoned, but the Presidential Palace denies the claim as baseless.

The parliament has summoned Defence Minister Abdullah Habibi, Interior Minister Mohammad Jahed and spymaster Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai over a bloody attack on the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan hospital in Kabul.

The complex attack killed 49 people and injured 50 others, but some MPs put the toll at 170 killed and around 150 injured. Daesh groups has asserted responsibility for the attack.

An official of the parliament told Pajhwok Afghan News that heads of parliamentary groups, heads of commissions and Administrative Delegations members were called on the president at the Presidential Palace on Sunday.

He said President Ghani asked lawmakers to delay the summoning of the Security Sector Ministers for one month.

The official added the president insisted that the upcoming month was very important for the country from defense and security perspective.

The president said the government was going to approve the four-year security plan and would seek US support for that.

On the other hand, an official at the Presidential palace said high level US officials would be coming to Kabul in near future to support the four-year security plan.

The Wolesi Jirga official said parliament members would ask the president to introduce his ministers-designate to replace the disqualified ministers.

He added last week first deputy speaker of Wolesi Jirga Homayun Homayun was called on the president and both had serious discussion regarding anti-government remarks in parliamentary sessions. The president also met second deputy speaker Haji Nazir Ahmadzai .

Wolesi Jirga secretary Qader Zazai confirmed to Pajhwok that the administrative delegations had once again visited the president. He said the assembly would be briefed on the matter soon.

Homayun, who presided over yesterday’s session and headed the delegation that met the president, said it was the parliament’s right to impeach ministers.

He didn’t give details about his discussion with the president and today’s parliament session was held behind closed doors.

SMEA/ma

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