MPs Blame Security Agencies For Increase In Insecurity

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A number of MPs in the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) on Saturday accused the country’s security agencies of inefficiency following the increase in insecurity and conflict in parts of Afghanistan.

“If President [Ashraf Ghani] and Mr. [Mohammad Hanif] Atmar are thinking about the nation, we would not witness hundreds of sons of this nation killed in battle against insurgents in Helmand and other provinces,” said Shekiba Hashemi, an MP from Kandahar.

“The internal security and the defense committees of the Wolesi Jirga have been told to summon heads of security agencies in order to discuss urgent measures to address security challenges in the country – Uruzgan and Kunduz in particular,” said the Wolesi Jirga speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi.

Meanwhile, the defense and interior ministries spoke out about large-scale military operations in order to retake parts of the country that are under the control of insurgents.

“You will witness that soon we will launch our winter operations in order to suppress the enemies and retake the areas under their control,” said Habiburrahman Afzal, deputy spokesman for the Ministry of Defense.

Commenting on the Uruzgan issue, deputy spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, Najib Danish, said: “It is very early to say who was responsible for the fall of some check posts in Uruzgan to insurgents. We are waiting for the report by our delegation which has been sent to the province.”

Former military official, Ishaq Atmar, meanwhile called on security agencies to use the opportunity to carry out an offensive strategy against militants rather than a defensive one.

“Local commanders exchange areas by taking money and other privileges from militants and sometimes rifts among commanders lead to the fall of areas to insurgents,” he stated.

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