Weekly Monitoring Report of Wolesi Jirga 22nd Apr –27th Apr, 2017

May 31, 2017

Attack on M-Base Sparks MPs’ Harsh Criticism

A number of Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday spoke out about deadly attack on the Afghan National Army’s 209 Shaheen Military Corps Headquarters in Balkh province and sharply criticized government for not having a clear anti-terror policy in place. They said the attack was questionable. “People in power see to it that terrorists names are removed from the black list, they see that there is a wrong policy against terrorists, they see that terrorists are being backed from inside government,” a lawmaker, Naheed Farid said. “Government and its media section did not tell the truth to people about the attack. What
happened in Balkh is a tragedy,” his colleague, Arif Rahmani said. Others MPs meanwhile said the attack shows that insurgents have infiltrated the security forces. “This (attack) sends us a message that enemies have infiltrated government,” said Shah Gul Rezaie, another MP. First deputy speaker, Humayoun Humayoun, said: “When they (security officials) are summoned, the parliament (MPs) claps for them when they leave the house.” The legislators slammed infiltration of anti government groups, especially Taliban, in government’s structure and the legitimization of the Taliban by some political figures and groups. Friday’s attack was the second major attack on a military installation in six weeks. Last month, insurgents carried out another massive attack – on the Sardar Mohammad Daoud hospital in Kabul, which resulted in the death of 50 people.

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