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MPs scold absent colleagues

Abdul Zuhoor Qayomi-KABUL: The Wolesi Jirga or Lower House of the parliament could not hold its general session on Saturday because a majority of the MPs were absent. Workload on the parliamentary committees has increased.

Some lawmakers, who attended the session, lashed out at their absent colleagues, saying the Wolesi Jirga could not pass bills that had landed in the house earlier.

They said the absenteeism was earning bad image for the legislators. Members of the administrative board had also gone to their native provinces or on foreign trips.

It is said that aggregation of works on the lawmakers made them to work in the commissions which is against the timetable.

Farooq Majroh, an MP from Herat, said that due to absence of his colleagues, the parliamentary committees could not continue work over the bills and other issues.

“Therefore, the general session was not held due to load of works in the committees,” he said, adding, “The lawmakers will discuss the laws in the coming session on Monday.”

Chief of the defense committee of the house Iqbal Safi said that work was heavy in the committees but the lawmakers were absent.

“Currently, the lawmakers are working on laws in the committees instead of general session due to absenteeism,” he said.

Chief of Legislative Committee (LC) of the Wolesi Jirga, Nazeer Ahmad Hanafi, confirmed that some members of the administrative board and lawmakers went to their native provinces at “this critical time”. Workload on the lawmakers has increased in the parliamentary committees.

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