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Lawmakers slam security bosses for growing violence

Lawmakers slam security bosses for growing violence

Mar 24, 2018 - 18:36

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A number of Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon or lower house members on Saturday said the government failed in ensuring security and urged security officials should be summoned for clarification, while some others blame the parliament for bad situation.

Mohammad Arif Rahmani, a lawmaker from southern Ghazni province told today’s session of the house, “In a suicide attack on the first day of new year in Kabul, 43 people were killed and more than 70 injured, Helmand attack left 40 killed and more than 100 others injured, Wais Barmak and Masum Stanikzai should be summoned,”

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has said that 29 people were killed and 52 others wounded in Kabul suicide attack and 16 killed and 52 others wounded in Helmand province on Friday.

Daesh or so called Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility of Kabul attack. But no any insurgent group so far commented about the attack in Helmand.

Nasima Niazai, a lawmaker from Helmand province, called the government unsuccessful in ensuring security and asked the administrative board of the house to summon security officials for their failures.

Mulavi Shahzada Shahid, a lawmaker form Kunar province, said, “The government has lost its credit for the people considering to the current situation of the country, the government is failed in ensuring justice, law enforcement, fighting corruption and solving internal differences,”

However, Ramazan Bashardost, representing Kabul people in the lower house blamed the Wolesi Jirga and said that current security officials received votes from lawmakers.

“Who are responsible for killings, who made a construction engineer the leader of National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) and another engineer the interior minister as well as a second lieutenant the defense minister, did they have experience in their posts, did they appointed according to the conditions explained in the law,” he said.

“Looting, murdering, land grabbing and other illegal activities turned to legal practices but you are silent about them, if you cannot do anything else, at least vote a honest and qualified person,” Bashardost said.

First deputy speaker, Hamayon Hamayon, called the government blind and deaf and said, “We cannot have any demands from the government, it is better we use our own authority for improving situation in the country,”

About recent remarks of Hizb-I-Islami Afghanistaninfo-icon (HIA) leader, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, targeting Wolesi Jirga, Hamayon said that such statements should be avoided.

“He (Hekmatyar) as a citizen of this country has the right to criticize the parliament and its members, but making such statements on behalf of a political party would turn the situation worse,” he said.

Meanwhile, Abdul Latif Pedram, a lawmaker from Badakhshan province, also criticized the government for its failure in ensuring security and holding Wolesi Jirga elections, but endorsed Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s statements about the parliament.

He said that corruption was raging in Wolesi Jirga and there was urgent need for election so honest people elected as representatives.

Hekmatyar during a gathering in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province last week said, “People want a honorable parliament, the current parliament is a shame, it has turned to a center of buying and selling, the only way to get rid of this parliament is electing honest representatives in the upcoming polls,”

He had said that corrupt figures should be defeated in the next elections and people of all areas of the country should be given the right to cast their votes.




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