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Govt lambasted for waxing insecurity

Abdul Zuhoor Qayomi-KABUL: The Meshrano Jirga (MJ) or Upper House of the parliament on Tuesday criticized the government for its failure to improve the law and order situation or lead the peace talks towards the logical end.

Expressing their concerns over insecurity, the senators asked the government to ensure tight security in the country. They warned that if the wave of violence was not controlled then the whole system would collapse.

Deteriorated security situation in Ghor, Uruzgan, Nangarhar, Faryab, Paktia, Paktika, Herat, and Farah provinces and fall of the Ghormach district to the insurgents were the major concerns that the senators raised.

Members of the Meshrano Jirga decided to meet with President Muhammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief of Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah to discuss the issue of insecurity.

Zalmai Zabuli, a senator from Zabul, said that foreign hands were involved in insecurity to kill young Afghans.

“The United States, Britain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan are fueling insurgency in the country to impose their agenda on Afghans. The agenda is implemented by students of 42,000 Pakistani madrassas [religious schools],” he said

He proposed that the president, CEO and officials of the National Security Council should meet and discuss the issue of insecurity with the US, the United Nations and other international partners.

The senators should call on the leaders to discuss insecurity and draft a comprehensive security plan with public representatives, he suggested.

Gul Muhammad Rasooli, a senator from Faryab, said that around 40 Afghan soldiers embraced martyrdom and 40 others injured since Monday 11:00 a.m. when the Taliban taken the Gormach district. “Around 30 others, who left the area, were captured by the Taliban as no ground and air support was provided to them.”

According to the provincial council members of Faryab province, 20 policemen were killed and 19 others, including police chief, were captured while some surrendered to the Taliban.

Fareda Kochi, a senator from Balkh, termed the Afghan war a foreign project, aimed to create disputes in Afghanistan.

Deputy Chairman of the Meshrano Jirga, Muhammad Alam Ezedyar, said that the country was passing through critical juncture and needs serious attention in order to avoid Kunduz-like incidence.

He said the critical security situation of Paktia, Paktika and Nangarhar provinces should be taken into consideration as it would put negative impact on other parts of the country including the capital city, Kabul.

He said the senators would discuss the issue of insecurity with Ghani and Abdullah.

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