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Amid escalating violence, lawmakers ask security bosses to resign

AT-KABUL: Underscoring the growing insecurity across the country a number of lawmakers at the Wolesi Jirga of the parliament asked the security bosses to step down as they failed to maintain security and their poor war leadership.

Deterioration of security has been reached at boiling point as only on Wednesday multiple suicide bombers have struck two police stations, casualties feared.

The MPs said this after collapse of some districts to the Taliban insurgents recently, especially the Tala Wa Barfak district of northern Baghlan province. Some reports also said that over 100 Afghan National Army has been missing since the collapse of the district.

The lawmakers blasted the Ministry of Defense for its carelessness over dispatching reinforcement and helicopters to help the surrounded security forces and also to avoid district collapse.

The MPs termed poor leadership core reason behind fall down of the district in which several security forces received fatalities.

On Tuesday, head of Baghlan Provincial Council, Mohammad Safdar Mohseni said, over 100 government forces are missing following the collapse of Tala wa Barfak district, TOLONews has reported.

But, defense ministry officials have pledged to launch an operation soon to retake the district from insurgents.

“We are using all our abilities against the terrorists,” said MoD spokesman Mohammad Radmanish.

It is worth mentioning that Taliban have overrun several districts since announcement of their spring offensive.  The collapse of Kohistan district of Badakhshan followed by Tala Wa Barfak district of Baghlan and Bilchiragh district of northern Farayb province. Though security forces regain control of Kohistan and Bilchirgah districts, but question still remains over its collapse.

“Unfortunately, the capacity does not exist within the security leadership, and they do not address the demands of the forces in time,” said parliament speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi.

“Defense ministry made promises to us and we relayed the messages from the defense minister and army chief back to them. Ultimately, the defense ministry did not even manage to launch one single operation during the past ten days,” said MP Iqbal Safai.

Some lawmakers also threw stringent criticism on the government leaders, including President Ashraf Ghani and his CEO Abdullah Abdullah.

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