Critics Urge Leaders to Step Down Amid Growing Insecurity

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MPs and some ex-government officials on Monday called on the leaders of the National Unity Government (NUG) to resign from their posts due to their “failure to address national issues” – specifically that pertaining to the recent attack by the Taliban on Kunduz city and the political rift between President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah.

Critics hit out at government over what they claim is poor leadership in tackling issues and delivering on their commitments to the nation.

Referring to the political rift between Ghani and Abdullah, the critics said that the rift and disputes over power sharing issues have increased challenges for the country.

“They (government leaders) have no achievements to offer and fail to tackle the issues, but they do not have the courage to confess to their failure; if they accept it, they must step down, therefore they want to ignore the issues,” former minister of finance Anwarul Haq Ahadi said.

They accused NUG leaders of sidelining national issues amid their dispute over power sharing issues.

“Factions within the government attack each other, they continue their war on (government) posts instead of going to the frontline,” said former governor of Nuristan ????.

“They (government leaders) have failed to manage international terrorism, but the expectation is that they use all their capabilities to curb violence and ensure better management of the conflict and to bring down the level of violence,” said MP Saleh Mohammad Saljoqi.

But, government is defiant about these claims and says it is steadfast in its efforts to fix the challenges.

“Leaders have convened emergency meetings to discuss security in the insecure regions, they also assigned tasks to the responsible officials and security officials have also visited volatile regions,” said Jawed Faisal, deputy spokesman to CEO.

This comes a week after the Taliban launched another onslaught on Kunduz city, a province in northern Afghanistan, bringing about another setback to the Afghan security forces.

The Kunduz turbulence has caused thousands of people to flee their homes and dozens have been killed and wounded.

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