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As Pak hikes interference Wolesi Jirga questions credibility of BSA

Abdul Zuhoor Qayomi-KABUL: The Wolesi Jirga (WJ) or Lower House of the Parliament on Wednesday asked the United States to implement the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), saying that Pakistan is interfering in Afghanistan aimed at destabilizing the latter and pursuing its goals without any hindrance.

Muhammad Sarwar Usmani, an MP from Farah, alleged Pakistan of meddling into Afghanistan’s affairs and supporting Taliban and Daesh. He said that several Pakistani militants were detained in Kunduz.

Questioning sincerity of the United States, he said that Kabul should approach Moscow for military support without asking Washington as the first-vice president Abdul Rasheed Dustom did in his personal capacity.

Why the US is silent over interference of Pakistan, though had signed the BSA with Afghanistan, he asked, adding that Islamabad has sent troops to Kunduz to fight against Afghan security forces and support the Taliban insurgents.

Commending the security forces for their bravery, Engineer Zekria, an MP from Kabul, said that morale of the Afghan security forces should be boosted further as they remained victorious in every battle, including Kunduz and other parts of the country.

Speaker of the Wolesi Jirga, Abdul Rauf Ebrahemi, alleged Pakistan of interference in Afghanistan and asked the US to take practical steps to implement the BSA.

“Keeping the death report of Mullah Omer secret and appointment of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as Taliban’s new leader and presence of Pakistani militants in Afghanistan are clear signs of Pakistan’s high-handedness and interference. However, the United States is not implementing the security agreement; though, the time is ripe,” he said.

The speaker asked the US to implement the BSA and respond to the Pakistani aggression. He directed the Internal Security Committee (ISC) of the WJ to summon the Afghan foreign affairs minister and the National Security Council (NSC) adviser of Afghanistan and other concerned security officials to brief the lawmakers over implementation of the BSA.

“The BSA will be included in the agenda of the plenary for discussion,” he said, adding that the ISC must get accurate reports about presence of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor in Ghazni as Muhammad Aaref Rahmani, an MP from Ghazni, claimed that the new Taliban leader was there.

Praising the Afghan security forces, he said the government forces should be supported against the insurgents by all and sundry.

According to the BSA, the US must defend the integrity of Afghanistan in case of foreign aggression.

Meanwhile, Radio Aazadi on Wednesday reported that a parliamentary delegation headed by the second deputy speaker Nazeer Ahmad Ahmadzai would leave Kabul for Moscow to get military support in the fight against terrorism.

The delegation will ask Moscow to strengthen Afghan Air Force against the Taliban and Daesh.

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