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Celebratory firing in Parliament compound angers MPs

Celebratory firing in Parliament compound angers MPs

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Mar 12, 2018 - 17:34

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A number of Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon or lower house members on Monday seriously criticized a celebratory firing inside the Parliament compound after the house elected its first deputy speaker.

On Sunday, lawmakers Hamayon Hamayon and Mohammad Nazir Ahmadzai ran for the first deputy speaker slot. When Hamayon won the election, some people fired into the air in celebration inside the Parliament premises.

Hamayon, speaking at today’s lower house session, accused Ahmadzai’s bodyguards of the firing while Ahmadzai blamed his bodyguards.

“If my bodyguards are involved, they should be introduced to judiciary organs, but I have the information that Ahmadzai’s bodyguards were behind it,” Hamayon said.

However, Ahmadzai said Hamayon bodyguards opened fire after he won the election. “Hamayon is yet to sit on his seat but has started roguishness,” he said.

Ahmadzai said the Parliament was not a place for gangsters and the firing issue should be seriously investigated.

Allah Gul Mujahid, a lawmaker from capital Kabul, said: “The sound of firing could not be heard inside the Parliament hall, when I got out around 2,000 bullets were fired.”

“Bringing weapons to the Parliament is illegal. We also can bring rockets and machineguns if such practice is not stopped,” warned Mujahid.

He criticized the Parliament security in-charge and said he should be removed from his duty.

“When security officials fail to prevent weapons’ entry to Parliament, then a suicide bomber can also enter easily,” Mujahid said.

Wolesi Jirga speaker Abdul Raouf Ibrahimi also expressed his concern over the firing into the air in Parliament compound and said it was deplorable.

He asked legislators to avoid bringing weapons to the Parliament compound for better security.

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