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Height of insecurity; Meshrano Jirga censures govt for failure to rescue hostages

Abdul Zuhoor Qayomi-KABUL: The Meshrano Jirga or Upper House of the Parliament on Tuesday criticized the National Unity Government (NUG) for its failure to improve law and order situation and rescue the abducted passengers who were beheaded recently by Daesh in Zabul province.

In today’s session, the government was not only castigated for its failure to secure release of the hostages but also for its failure to take action against those protesting students of the Nangarhar University who waved flags of the Taliban, Daesh and other terrorist organizations.

While condemning the beheading of passengers by Daesh, the senators said that both President Muhammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah had taken the issue lightly and did not take steps to release the passengers who were abducted from Ghazni province.

Asking the government to provide security to public, they said the NUG failed to protect the citizens. The president and the CEO are responsible for killing of the passengers because according to the Constitution it is responsibility of the government to provide security to the public, said Muhammad Raheem Hassan Yar, a senator from Ghazni.

Farhad Sakhi, a senator from Kabul, said that the enemy has targeted an ethnic group in order to create differences among Afghans. He said that Afghans are united and share joys and sorrows as a one nation.

Regarding the protest of students in Nangarhar in support of militant groups, Sakhi said the chancellor of the university must be sacked because the varsity has turned into the center of enemies’ supporters.

Maulvi Muhayuddin Munsif, a senator from Kapisa, also condemned the brutal killing of passengers in Zabul and said the killings show weakness of the NUG as it failed to provide security to the citizens.

Pointing to protest of the Nangarhar varsity’s students he said that not only the chancellor but the provincial officials including governor are also responsible.

Member of Religious, Cultural and Education Committee of the Meshrano Jirga, Lailuma Ahmadi, said that anti-government protesters showed support for the Taliban in the previous year as well. “Therefore, the chancellor of the Nangarhar University is responsible and he must be punished because he has not informed the security officials about increasing support for militant organizations in the university,” she suggested.

Chairing the session, the deputy chairman of Meshrano Jirga, Muhammad Alam Ezedyar, said that the government has committed negligence in its duty while not providing security to the public.

“The government has showed inefficiency and failed to rescue the passengers, who were beheaded by Daesh. Those who committed negligence must be punished,” he said.

Terming protest of the Nangarhar university students a serious threat to the national security, he said that those officials who had not taken action against supporters of the Taliban and Daesh should also be punished because they did not fulfill their responsibilities.

He directed the concerned committees to summon the officials of Higher Education Ministry and security officials to probe the case because the protestors have claimed that they have not received their six-month allowance which sparked the protest.

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