News - Afghanistan
Afghan lawmakers in the Lower House of Parliament (Wolesi Jirga) on Saturday strongly criticized government's handling of the war and asked key security officials to appear before them in order to address their concerns over the deteriorating security situation.
Lawmakers were horrified at the recent Dand-e-Ghori deal and called the agreement a step towards recognizing and legitimizing the Taliban.
As security situations in various regions of Afghanistan worsen, critics and lawmakers have stepped up efforts to get the government and security institutions to consider more measures to thwart threats and secure the nation.
MPs warned that if the current situation continues, people will not have any other option but to take the law into their own hands.
"If the government and international community are incompetent and cannot maintain security in the country, then let the people ... secure the country," first deputy of parliament speaker Zahir Qadir said.
"Do not allow the people particularly the youths to be sacrificed for Daesh and the Taliban war," Balkh MP Ahmad Shah Ramazan said.
"More deals shouldn't be allowed. The Baghlan deal, giving an area to Taliban, is legitimizing them," Faryab MP Naqibullah Fayeq said.
"The deal means giving points to Taliban and desecrating sacrifices of all those soldiers who have lost their lives for the sake of the country," MP Fawzia Kofi said.
In conclusion, parliament speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi announced that the security officials will be summoned to the house after Eid-ul-Adha.
"The current security situation is distressing and it should be investigated. Security officials will be summoned after Eid to respond about security situations and the Baghlan issue," he said.
Lawmakers also called on U.S and NATO to abide by their commitments within the framework of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) and work with the Afghan forces to defend the country against threats.