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Senate demands immediate end to night airstrikes

Senate demands immediate end to night airstrikes

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Sep 25, 2018 - 18:14

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon members on Tuesday hailed the use of biometric system in the upcoming elections, demanded an end to airstrikes and claimed some buildings in Kabul have been constructed against bribes.

Biometric system in elections

Earlier, some political parties had demanded the use of biometric system in the Oct 20 parliamentary elections to ensure transparency.

Supporters of the political parties closed down election offices in major urban centers to demand biometrics based voting and reopened the offices after assurances.

The Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) earlier announced that most of the work on biometric system had been completed and the final decision in this regard would be announced soon.

Welcoming the IEC announcement, lawmaker Ghairat Bahir asked the government to be careful about candidates whose relatives were in the government.

He said the company which would introduce biometric system in polls should brief members of political parties on the use of the system. He said the technology would help prevent rigging.

Deputy Senate chairman Mohammad Alam Ezedyar asked the IEC to let the people know about the functionality of the system during polls.

Senate Chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar hailed the use of biometric system during upcoming polls and asked the government to take other required steps to ensure free and fair polls.

Airstrikes:

At least 49 civilians have been killed and 14 others injured during airstrikes in the last five days in Paktia’s Chamkani, Nangarhar’s Sherzad, Laghman’s Badpesh, Maidan Warda’s Ghaghato and Tagab district of Kapisa province.

Mualvi Muhiuddin Munsif, a lawmaker from Kapisa province, said civilian casualties in airstrikes widened the gap between the government and people and their continuation was against the interest of Afghanistaninfo-icon.

He particularly mentioned the Tagab incident in which he said civilians were attacked. He said the incident should be investigated.

Lawmaker Ghirat Baheer said night raids on house to house should come to an end.

A number of other lawmakers also demanded an end to night raids.

Illegal buildings

Farhad Sakhi, a lawmaker from Kabul province, claimed a number of buildings in residential areas of the central capital had been constructed in return for a bribe to the concerned authorities.

He said neighbouring families were not secure in their homes due to these buildings.  He said construction of towering buildings in residential areas had become a trend and there was no institution which could stop this.

Senator Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani also criticized construction of high-rise buildings in residential areas and said the municipality should not allow construction of such building in residential areas.

Acting Kabul Mayor, who was summoned to the house today, did not turn up.

The Senate Chairman termed the absence of the acting mayor an insult to the house and said he would be introduced to the Attorney General Office.

nh/ma

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