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Senators want ‘unsuccessful’ security top brass fired

Senators want ‘unsuccessful’ security top brass fired

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May 14, 2019 - 18:26

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A number of Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon or upper house members on Tuesday expressed their concerns about the rumored presence of fugitive Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdani in Afghanistaninfo-icon, lashing out at top security brass.

The Meshrano Jirga had summoned acting defense minister Asadullah Khalid, acting interior minister Massoud Andarabi and head of National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) Masum Stanikzai to appear before senators on Tuesday and brief them about the security situation of the country.

However, the State Ministry for Parliamentary Affairs in a letter to the upper house said that the summoned security officials could not appear in the parliament due their busy schedule. The move angered lawmakers.

Gulala Akbari, a senator from Badakhshan province, said: “Not appearing before the parliament shows the security bosses have nothing for say, they just want to escape the law.”

Senator Mohammad Azim Quyash from Jawzjan province said that security officials refused to attend the Parliament today because they had failed in ensuring security of citizens.

He asked the president to fire the top security officials because they had no ability to ensure security.

Senator Qais Wakil from Bamyan province also called the security chiefs as unsuccessful and demanded their removal.

Meshrano Jirga chairman Abdul Hadi Muslimyar also criticized the security officials for their refusal to attend the Parliament and said: “We have always supported the executive, but the cooperation should be from both sides, the government’s double-standards is not acceptable to us, security officials should be accountable for ensuring security.”

He said the Senate would take a decision about the security officials, if they did not attend the Parliament until next Sunday.

Security situation in Nangarhar

Four people were killed and 20 others wounded in four consecutive blasts in the capital of Nangarhar province on Monday evening.

Anakali Hunaryar, a senator from Kabul, said security forces should become more active so militants were unable to target ordinary people.

She said Nangarhar people were not safe and they were being killed under different labels on a daily basis.

Attaullah Lodin, another senator expressed, concern about the security situation in Nangarhar and said, “The government should be careful whether the rumors about the presence of Abu Bakr al-Bughdadi in Afghanistan are true or not.”

He said if Baghdani was Afghanistan, measures should be taken in this regard and if not then there might be secret efforts ongoing to pave the ground for his coming to Afghanistan.

He said Bughdadi could not arrive in Afghanistan without foreign support because Afghanistan had no border with Syria and Iraq.

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