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Ex-MPs refusing to return govt’s weapons, vehicles

Ex-MPs refusing to return govt’s weapons, vehicles

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Jul 17, 2019 - 20:17

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Former legislators during the Parliament’s 15th and 16th legislative terms still hold in custody 28 vehicles and 1,469 weapons belonging to the government and the offices concerned have so far failed to collect them.

The 15th legislative term of the parliament ended in 2010 and then the 16th term began. The 17th legislative term of the parliament started on May 18 this year.

According to information Pajhwok Afghan News received from the security affairs department of the parliament, 224 weapons including 162 Kalashnikovs and 62 pistols remain with former parliament members of the 15th legislative term while 927 weapons including 702 Kalashnikovs and 225 pistols were in possession of the parliament members of 16 legislative term.

Based on this information, 29 Kalashnikovs and 15 pistols were still held by families of former parliament members who had either been killed or died.

Eight Kalashnikovs and two pistols are still held by former legislators who had resigned from their positions.

The security affairs department of the parliament says that 26 ranger pick-ups and two F350 model vehicles belonging to the national assembly were still held by 28 former legislators.

According to the source, the department currently has 112 vehicles which are used for security affairs of the parliament.

A security official at the parliament, who wished to go unnamed, told Pajhwok that they had over the past few years repeatedly contacted former legislators who still held the parliament’s property to return them.

The official said they had also shared the issue with the National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon), provincial police headquarters, Kabul garrison and Attorney General Office and even the parliament sent letters directly to the former legislators to submit vehicles and weapons, but they did not do so.

“Holding parliament’s property by former legislators creates many problems, the parliament currently distributes old and crummy weapons to current lawmakers,” the official said.

In response to a question, the source said, “Each member of the parliament is allowed four Kalashnikovs and one pistol.”

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