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Thousands of foreign militants enter Afghan soil daily, say MPs

Abdul Zuhoor Qayomi-KABUL: Following insecurity in northern provinces, including Kunduz, a number of MPs on Saturday said thousands of foreign militants—mostly Pakistanis—enter the country on daily basis to destabilize security and fight against the security forces.

“Thousands of unknown rebels enter the western Herat province from other side of the Durand Line everyday to go to northern provinces and disturb security there,’ said Ghulam Faruq Majroh, an MP from Herat.

According to him, the unknown militants join the Taliban in fight against security forces while receiving Afs2,000 as wage.

The National Security Council (NSC) recently said that unknown fighters enter Herat and then to Badghis province and organize their groups there to send them to Kunduz and other parts of the northern zone.

Majroh said that the NSC has ordered security officials to prevent the militants from entering into the province.

Supporting her colleague’s comments, Habiba Danish, an MP from Takhar, said that nearly 1,500 Pakistani nationals are settled in northern and western parts of the country on daily basis. “They are equipped and deployed from other side of the Durand Line, but the government is looking the other way towards this issue,” she added.

She praised the security forces for their successful military operations against militants in parts of the country, particularly in northern Kunduz province, and said the Minister of Interior should make it clear that who are the ‘friends’ that are busy in insecurity the north including Baghlan, Kunduz and Takhar.

Shir Wali Wardak Kabul MP blamed foreign hands for creating raptures among the people by dividing them into north and south, therefore a delegation should be appointed to find the facts in this regard.

Criticizing his colleagues for approving the bilateral security agreement (BSA) with hurry, he said the security deal has not been proved fruitful except brining Afghans into a status of slavery. “A parliamentarian commission should be assigned to work on the issue and cancel the BSA if it is not useful,” he suggested.

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