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Meshrano Jirga wants Kunduz security officials court martialed

Abdul Zuhoor Qayomi-KABUL: Mishrano Jirga on Tuesday said that Kunduz security officials should be court martialed on charges of negligence in connection with fall of Kunduz city to the Taliban.

Senators alleged that the city was handed over to the Taliban through a deal. They accused security officials in Kunduz of negligence in their duties.

Muhammad Nadir Baloch, head of the defense committee of Meshrano Jirga, said that Kunduz city was not collapsed, but was handed over to the Taliban. He added that parliamentarians and jihadi leaders had warned the government of presence of militants in the outskirts of Kunduz city, but the government turned its blind eye to the issue.

Qais Wakili, a senator from Bamiyan, said that Pakistani, Chechen and Uzbek militants were also among the Taliban in Kunduz attack. He added that if the government didn’t take action, Ghazni city will also fall to the Taliban, because militants are active in the outskirt of the city as well.

He said that provincial officials were responsible for collapse of Kunduz city. “When the city fall to the Taliban, governor of Kunduz province was in Tajikistan,” he said.

Gulalai Akbari also accused the government of handing over Kunduz city to the Taliban through a deal.

Sher Muhammad Akhondzada, a senator from Helmand accused Kunduz security officials of negligence in their duties and stressed that they should be court martialed.  “Based on my information, the Taliban have planed similar attack in Helmand,” he warned. He said that the Taliban have planned to loot banks and set on fire state organizations’ offices in Helmand, as they did in Kunduz.

He said that the National Unity Government (NUG) failed to ensure safety of the people of Afghanistan. “Thus, a traditional Loya Jirga should be held to replace the NUG with a competent government,” he added.

Fazal Hadi Muslimyar, Speaker of the Meshrano Jirga, termed the collapse of Kunduz city as a disaster and said that it should not be ignored. He added that the provincial officials should be court martialed.

However, security officials rejected any kind of deal with the Taliban.

Chief of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) Rahmatullah Nabil told a press conference that no such deal has been made with the Taliban and said that they are investigating to found out the main reasons behind fall of Kunduz city to the Taliban.

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