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Growing insecurity: Govt urged to annul BSA

Insecurity has changed the northern provinces into Waziristan. The situation will worsen and the northern provinces will fall into hands of militants if the government remained reluctant, says Ibrahimi

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Following unprecedented rise in insecurity countrywide, particularly in northern provinces, a number of lawmakers on Saturday urged the government to revoke the bilateral security agreement (BSA) with the United States, as according to them, security situation has deteriorated after inking of the security deal with Washington.

They said that the northern provinces will fall into hands of militants if the government was reluctant and did not take proper security measures in the areas.

“Security situation is worsening countywide, especially in Badakhshan,” said Abdul Latif Pidram, an MP from northeastern Badakhshan province. He nudged the government to cancel the BSA because the security pact could not bring security to the country and the people. “Violence and terror attacks increased and our people became more insecure after signing of the security deal with the US,” he said.

Lawmaker Ghulam Hussain Naseri said subversive activities have increased in northern provinces, adding that the government should annul the BSA as it is not in favor of the national interests of Afghans.

Another MP, Ramazan Bashardost, said the National Unity Government (NUG) leaders have been affected with vision problem as they cannot see the realities and the current incidents which are occurring in front of them. He said the leaders are turning their back on important issues like security.

The Wolesi Jirga Speaker, Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, said heavy clashes were ongoing between security forces and the Taliban militants in Badakhshan, Samangan, Badghis, Ghazni, Nangarhar and Helmand provinces. He said the NUG leaders failed to implement their commitments about security. “Insecurity has changed northern provinces into Waziristan,” he added. “I want to call on the President from this tribune that what you said during your campaigns was against reality. Today, central cities are under siege by militants,” he said.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said that has foiled most of insurgent attacks in past few days.

Radio Azadi quoted the MoI spokesman, Sediq Seddiqi, as saying that the national police have succeeded to thwart the Taliban militants’ attacks in several parts of the country including Faryab, Kunduz and Farah provinces in past 24 hours. “It means that they have been defeated wherever they tried to attack security forces,” he added.

Officials in the Ministry of Defense (MoD) termed the spring offensive of the Taliban titled ‘Azm’ as propaganda by the rebel group, and said large-scale military operations were launched against militants in insecure provinces.

Quoted by Radio Azadi, the MoD deputy spokesman, Dawlat Waziri, said security forces on Saturday launched 15 military operations in 13 provinces which had good achievements.

He said that nearly 96 militants have been killed and 83 others injured in past 48 hours countrywide.

According to Waziri, the Afghan National Army (ANA) troops have kicked off military operations in Kunduz, Maidan Wardak, Ghazni, Kandahar, Zabul, Herat, Kunar, Laghman, Sar-i-Pul, Faryab, Jawzjan, Helmand and Badakhshan provinces.

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