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Ghazni situation: Wolesi Jirga summons security bosses

Ghazni situation: Wolesi Jirga summons security bosses

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Nov 12, 2018 - 17:36

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon or lower house of Parliament on Monday strongly accused the government of negligence in preventing recent unrests in Ghazni and Uruzgan provinces, deciding to summon security bosses over the situation.

On the other hand, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) say reinforcements have reached Malistan and Jaghori districts of Ghazni and the security situation in the two areas is currently stable.

A number of lawmakers told today’s session that the Talibaninfo-icon militants had being waging attacks on Malistan and Jaghori districts and Khas Uruzgan district of Uruzgan province over the past 15 days.

Ahmad Behzad, a lawmaker from Herat province, said the attacks caused many civilian and security forces casualties but the government remained silent despite several requests from the people’s representatives.

He said the government should ensure security of the two districts or distribute weapons to residents of the areas so they defend themselves against insurgents’ attacks.

Abdul Qayum Sajjadi, a lawmaker form Ghazni province, said he had previously shared his concerns about security problems in the province with relevant officials, but failed to elicit a positive response.

At least 25 commando forces were killed and 35 others wounded in Taliban attacks on Malistan and Jaghori districts on Sunday night, he said.

He asked the government to use national and international resources for ensuring security of the mentioned areas.

Mohammad Ali Akhlaqi, another lawmaker from Ghazni, said: “Why people’s voices are ignored in Ghazni, what is our sin when our lives and assets are offered to the enemies.”

However, Haji Allah Gul Mujahid, a lawmaker from Kabul, said: “The unrest in Ghazni is a political issue and its aim is engage Tajik, Hazara and Pashtuninfo-icon peoples in conflict with each other, security officials should be summoned or disqualified or they should be forced to improve the situation in Ghazni,”

Asadullah Sadati, a lawmaker form Daikundi province, criticized the government for what he said negligence in defending the lives of civilians and said: “The government did not discharge its responsibility towards protecting the public, it only watched the situation.”

“Please organize an extraordinary meeting for the next day and summon security bosses to respond about the ongoing situation in the country”, particularly in Ghazni,” he continued.

Sadati warned if the government ignored the protection of Hazara people, they themselves would take action for their rights.

A number of other lawmakers from Ghazni made similar complaints and demanded assistance for those displaced as a result of the war in the province and clearance of areas form insurgents.

Wolesi Jirga speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, talking to lawmakers, said: “If you act according to your authorities the law has granted you and remain united, the government would definitely pay attention to you, do not get emotional and only talking to the media is also not a solution.”

The lawmakers finally made a decision to summon Defense Minister Tariq Shah Bahrami, Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak and Intelligence Chief Masum Stanikzai to appear bfore Wednesday session of the lower house to brief lawmakers about the ongoing security situation of the country.

Meanwhile, Chief of Army Staff Gen. Mohammad Sharif Yaftali told a press conference here that the Taliban had disrupted public’s life in Malistan and Jaghori districts and had forced civilians into fleeing homes.

“The enemy last night attacked Jaghori district, but faced with strong resistance from Afghan forces and suffered heavy casualties, Malistan district also faced some attacks from the enemy,” he said.

He said reinforcements had arrived in Jaghori and Malistan districts and air forces were also ordered to target insurgents in the two areas.

“The security situation in the districts is currently under control of Afghan forces”, Yaftali said.

However, a Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed they captured the center of Malistan district and police headquarters and six security posts.

Afghan forces also suffered heavy casualties during the battle, he said, adding the Taliban were not against any ethnic or religious group in Jaghori and Malistan districts.

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