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Security bosses survive no-trust motion

Security bosses survive no-trust motion

Mar 27, 2017 - 15:23

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Security bosses on Monday survived a no-trust vote from lawmakers after a terrorist attack on a military hospital in the heart of capital Kabul.

The lower house had summoned Defence Minister Abdullah Khan Habibi, Interior Minister Taj Mohammad Jahid and National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) chief Mohammad Masum Stanikzai to decide their fate.

At least 49 people were killed and over 50 wounded in the March 18 terrorist attack on the military healthinfo-icon facility.

The security bosses delivered their speeches about the current security situation of the country and then awaited the impeachment.

Habibi collected 88 votes in his favour and 106 against him. Interior Minister Taj Mohammad Jahid got 120 votes and 75 votes were polled against him and NDS chief secured 129 votes in his favour and 66 against him.

At least 118 votes were required to impeach a minister from 234 lawmakers present in the house.

Habibi acknowledged security measures to protect the military hospital were inadequate. He said the attack was so complicated and so far 23 individuals from generals and soldiers had been detained in connection with the incident.

The defence minister added the fate of detective and intelligence organs who had committed negligence in preventing the savage incident would be decided soon.

He said Afghan forces had many achievements in the battlefield and as a result, the militants failed to reach their goals last year.

The minister said militants had suffered heavy casualties in clashes with Afghan forces and they were no longer able to face the Afghan forces.

He did not deny corruption in his ministry, but said he would not let anyone commit corruption.

Interior Minister Taj Mohamamd Jahid said militant casualties’ rate increased by 15 percent last year. He said Afghan forces were fully prepared for spring fighting season.

“The main responsibility of police is to enforce the law, but they also fight on the frontline against the enemy to defend their land,” he said.

To a question about presence of 25,000 ghost police personnel, the interior minister said an investigation in this regard was underway and information about imaginary personnel would be published once the investigation was completed.

He stressed on the fight against corruption and said 100 police generals and officers who were involved in corruption had been introduced to the attorney’s office.

NDS chief Masum Stanikzai said 20 terrorist groups were active in Afghanistaninfo-icon. “If each of them carries out one attack per day, there would be 20 attacks every day,” he said.

He said it was important that the nation stood united and supported the Afghan forces against the threats

About the attack on the military hospital, he said investigation into the incident was being finalized and its result would be shared with people in the next one or two weeks.


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