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Insecurity turns Kabul into a city of horror: Senate

Insecurity turns Kabul into a city of horror: Senate

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Jan 07, 2020 - 18:23

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon on Tuesday termed Kabul security situation as ‘concerning’ and urged serious investigation into the killing of Amer Abdul Sattar, a former jihadiinfo-icon commander.

Abdul Sattar Ghorbandi, his son and five others were killed at a guesthouse belonging to an elder from central Parwan province as security forces raided the house in the limits of the 11th police district of Kabul late Monday night.

Faisal Sami, Senate deputy secretary, told today’s session that such incidents sparked fears among Kabul citizens and termed the security forces raid as a dangerous precedent.

He said Amer Satar had no issue with the government and he normally visited leaders in Kabul.

He said it was not the first incident of its kind and called for prevention of such raids in future.

The government has tasked a delegation with investigating the incident.

Deputy chairman Abdullah Qarliq said Amer Abdul Sattar would have presented himself to security forces on a telephone call, but he was killed without any crime.

 “Kabul ---a city of terror and horror”

Mohammad Rahim Hussianyar, a lawmaker from southern Ghazni province, said insecurity had turned Kabul city into a horror area, its citizens did not feel secure in each part.

He hoped the Ministry of Interior and police personnel would reconsider their responsibility in this regard and rescue the people from the ongoing situation.

He said a number of corrupt individuals had caused insecurity around Kabul to grow and create problems for Kabulis.

Zalmay Zabuli, a lawmaker from southern Zabul province, expressed his concern over a Pajhwok Afghan News report about crime incidents in 2019 and said corrupt individuals and security forces should be first recognized and then introduced to judicial organs in order the youth were no longer killed for mobile and computer in the city.

The Pajhwok report based on MoI information said 2632 criminal incidents happened in 2019 and 523 of them were assassinations.

Zabuli asked the government leadership not to appoint individuals who did not suit security posts.

Mohammad Asif Seidiqi, second deputy chairman of Meshrano Jirga who chaired today’s session, also expressed his concern over the growing insecurity in Kabul and urged the National Security Council and President Ashraf Ghani to pay attention to the matter.

He also stressed corrupt individuals in police should be recognized and summoned the acting interior minister and Kabul police chief to the defense commission of the Senate.

Peace

According to reports, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Peace Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad has arrived in Qatar for talks with the Taliban on a ceasefire and reduction of violence.

Abdullah Qarliq, about Khalilzad recent trip to Qatar, said as the peace talks resumed between the US and Talibaninfo-icon, their first agenda should to be declaration of truce.

Amanullah Azizmi, a lawmaker from central Uruzgan province, also hoped the recent US-Taliban meeting would agree on a general ceasefire across the country.

He said the US-Taliban peace negotiations had so far no positive outcome but the talks could pave the way for intra-Afghan dialogue.

A number of other senators held similar views and hoped this time peace talks would lead to a truce in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

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