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Wolesi Jirga summons security bosses on Sunday

Wolesi Jirga summons security bosses on Sunday

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Jul 20, 2019 - 16:55

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A number of Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon or lower house members on Saturday expressed their concern over the use of government resources in election campaigns and the country’s security situation, stressing details of peace negotiations should be shared with the public representatives.

The security situation, presidential election and the peace process were part of today’s agenda of the Wolesi Jirga session.

Security situation

A number of lawmakers expressed concern over the ongoing security situation in the country and demanded summoning of security officials.

Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, a lawmaker from Kunduz province, called the current security situation in north, particularly in Kunduz as worrisome and said three out of nine districts of the province were under Talibaninfo-icon’s control.

He said the government controlled only centers of the three districts while other parts of them were influenced by the Taliban.

Mohammadullah Battash, another lawmaker from Kunduz, endorsed Ibrahimi’s remarks and said, “Fifty of security forces were killed just in the last few days in Imaminfo-icon Sahib district, if this district falls to the Taliban then Sher Khan Port would be also lost.”

Abdul Raouf Shpon, a lawmaker from Nangarhar province, expressed his concern about the security situation in Nangarhar and said, “One or more people are killed in Jalalabad city on a daily basis, (security) convoys are attacked on the Kabul-Jalalabad highway.”

A number of other lawmakers also complained about bad security situation in some provinces and said some police officials in provinces had no experience and security bosses should be summoned to the lower house for explanation.

Mir Rahman Rahmani, Wolesi Jirga speaker, said that security officials would be summoned to the house on Sunday following the decision of the committee of panel heads.

He asked the internal security commission of the house to share concerns of lawmakers with the officials and share the result of summoning them with the house’s next session.

Presidential election

The campaign for the September 28 presidential election is scheduled to launch on July 27.

Eighteen figures including President Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah are in the run for presidency.

Hamidullah Tokhi, a lawmaker from Zabul province, claimed that some candidates including Ashraf Ghani were using government resources for their election campaigns.

He asked the presidential candidates to get united and stop Ghani from using government resources for his election campaign.

Mohammad Alam Sayee, a lawmaker from Takhar province, said that election campaigns had begun earlier than scheduled by some candidates. However, he did not name anyone.

He expressed concern over the issue and said, “The president has also allocated 400 million afghanis of public money for celebration of the independency day in order to boost his own campaign, this amount of money is the expenses of 15,000 orphans for a year, there is no need to spend this much money in current situation.”

A number of other public representatives also expressed concerns over the use of government resources in election campaigns and asked the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) to investigate the issue.

The Wolesi Jirga speaker said evaluation of the performance of the government was part of the house’s responsibilities.

Peace

Seven rounds of peace talks between Taliban and the US have so far taken place besides three intra-Afghan dialogues in Qatar and Moscow.

The US special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, said that the eighth round of talks would also start soon.

Fida Mohammad Ulfat Saleh, a lawmaker from Kabul, said that peace was the demand of all Afghans but public representatives in the lower house had no information about such talks.

He said there were different concepts about peace and those who represented the government in the peace process should be invited to the lower house to provide information regarding the process.

Abdul Raouf Ibarhimi said politicians and the Afghan government had no clear agenda for peace so far.

He asked for changes in the peace policy and said, “If we have a clear program and our politicians and the government coordinate with each other, we can use this opportunity for ensuring peace.”

A number of other lawmakers also demanded clarification about the peace process from the government.

The Wolesi Jirga speaker called peace the need of people and said that public representatives should be informed about the peace process and the future fate of the country.

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