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Parliament blames government for neglecting journalists’ safety

AT-KABUL: Increasing insecurity and deadly attacks in the capital have enraged members of parliament, with speaker Abdul Raouf Ibrahimi, claiming that the government has neglected people and journalists’ security.

At least 25 people including nine journalists were killed and 49 more wounded Monday in two deadly suicide attacks claimed by Daesh terrorist group in Shash Darak area, police district 9.

The 10th journalist was a BBC correspondent Ahmad Shah who was shot dead on the same day by unknown armed men in Khost province.

Legislators decided to summon security officials for question-answer session on Saturday.

“Regretfully, our dear pressmen were targeted by terrorist attacks. We strongly condemn the attacks. Government’s negligence was clear in this regard. We will ask security officials to the parliament hall to answer our questions,” Ibrahimi Wednesday.

Some lawmakers denounce the attacks against journalists “barbaric”, calling on the government to review its peace program and execute prisoner terrorists.

The members of parliament accused government of not holding a proper program for saving the lives of people especially journalists. They claimed that security officials had “symbolic roles” and the big decisions were made “by others”.

Lawmaker, Makhdoom Abdullah Mohammadi, said that targeting reporters close to the intelligence agency building was questionable and shameful for the government.

“Let’s not blame the security bodies. They are not authorized and have been appointed symbolically to the ministries and are led from other places,” Mohammadi said.

The accusations come just after President Ghani emphasized on “immediate reforms in the security bodies”. Presidential office said it would investigate the incidents, but refused to comment on executing of the Taliban and Daesh prisoners.

“President Ghani in the last session of security council, ordered security officials to launch serious and comprehensive investigations over the recent attacks and share the result with the media and the families of martyr journalists,” said Dawa Khan Minapal, deputy president’s spokesman.

Political expert, Ahmad Saeedi, said it would be symbolic to summon security officials to the parliament, which would not cure people’s any pains.

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