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Govt told Afghans need security more than food

Govt told Afghans need security more than food

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Jan 28, 2018 - 18:47

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Experts and residents of Kabul link recent deadly attacks in the central capital to ‘weakness’ of detective and intelligence organs and say the government should prefer ensuring security over economic and other issues.

Within a week two deadly attacked rocked capital Kabul as on last Saturday night, 40 people including 15 foreigners were killed and 14 others wounded in a Talibaninfo-icon attack on the Intercontinental Hotel.

And a day earlier at least 103 people were killed and 235 others wounded in another Taliban-claimed attack in Charahi Sadarat Square of Kabul city. Both the attacks were claimed by the Taliban.

Shekiba Hashemi, a member of the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon from southern Kandahar province, also secretary of the lower house security commission, told Pajhwok Afghan News that recent attacks proved ‘weakness’ of detective and intelligence organs.

“Our intelligence is dead, it is totally paralyzed,” she said, accusing the government of turning a deaf ear to people’s complaints. She believed the Afghans would continue losing their lives until they themselves took action.

She alleged such attacks from militants had support from inside the government as otherwise the rebels could not carry out such attacks.

Hashemi said the government had no plan or program for improving security and it had been waiting for the United States to prepare a security and political policy for Afghanistaninfo-icon.

She demanded an emergency meeting by the National Security Council (NSC) and said: “When incidents in which up to 100 people lose their lives happen in other countries, their defense and interior ministries and intelligence chief resign on the very first day.”

Haji Rahimullah Mujahid, the Kabul provincial council head, also said recent attacks in Kabul resulted from security organs’ negligence.

He asked the government leaders to prioritize improving security as a country’s economic situation could not be boosted without stability.

“Afghans need security more than food. Economy is not a priority for us, we ask the President and the Chief Executive Officer to use their energy on improving security and should not waste time on unnecessary tasks,” he said.

Jumadin Gayanwal, a senator from southeastern Paktika province, said militant groups used weakness of security and intelligence organs as an opportunity to carry out bloody attacks in secure areas of Kabul city.

“We will witness more such attacks until government’s inside cooperation with the Taliban is cut,” he said.

He also asked the government leaders to put aside their internal differences and business on economic projects and the procurement committee and pay more attention to the security sector.

Kabul residents also asked the government to focus more on security.

Khalil Ahmad Shankar, a resident, said the lack of an effective security strategy, internal differences and lack of professional figures in intelligence and detective organs were reasons of the increasing suicide and bomb attacks in the country.

He said the Afghans would continue to suffer everyday until positive changes were brought to detective and intelligence organs.

He said people had their trust lost in the government and the government must take necessary measures to regain the public trust, he said.

Nasrullah Ahmadzai, another resident of Kabul, was on the same view and said: “We Afghans would continue losing our beloved ones until foreign spies persist and the jobs handed over to unqualified individuals.”

He said economic projects could not be implemented until there was no good security and the government must ensure security in the first place if it wanted to help people and pave the ground for economic projects.

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