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Lawmakers dissatisfied with security situation

AT-KABUL: The members of parliament are unhappy with the current security situation across the country, warning against a “big catastrophe” if the government did not pay attention.

The parliament focused on the security in its Monday free discussion, with the legislators saying that target killings, explosions and attacks by the armed opposition groups had recently increased in a number of provinces including the capital Kabul, while the government remained careless.

They suggested a “regular strategy” by the government officials to save people from instability.

Representatives from northern province of Sar-e-Pul, claimed that some “parties” were provided with arms there under the pretext of local forces. But they did not provide detail about the parties received weapons.

They said arms distribution put negative impact on the total security in the province.

Parliament Speaker, Abdul Raouf Ibrahimi, confirmed the allegations, saying that armed groups were planning to make the situation insecure during the parliamentary election, calling on the security forces to not to sit inattentive for the people’s security during the election.

They also asked the independent election commission to be serious in the use of biometric in the election.

Separately, the legislators summoned agriculture minister and central bank chancellor to answer their questions over the recent severe drought and devaluation of Afghani against foreign currencies.

The agriculture minister said he had failed to fight drought problems because of the lack of enough budget.

The central bank chancellor said that the US dollar value had increased in the international currency markets, so only Afghani was not affected.

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