Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Govt. Asked to Take Serious Taliban’s Foreign Contacts

Govt. Asked to Take Serious  Taliban’s Foreign Contacts

KABUL - The Wolesi Jirga speaker on Monday expressed concern over the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, saying some regional countries used the Taliban as pressure tool and the Kabul administration shouldn’t ignore it.
Earlier, Moscow hosted a trilateral meeting involving representatives from Russia, Pakistan and China on Afghanistan on December 27 where no Afghan representative was invited.
The meeting decided to push for delisting some Taliban leaders from the United Nations blacklist. The Taliban also welcomed the announcement.
Wolesir Jirga speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi told Monday general session: “Neighboring countries with the help of Taliban are preparing to escalate the war in the upcoming Spring in Afghanistan. The countries are holding meetings for this purpose.”
He said regional countries were out to make Afghanistan insecure and pave the way for Daesh to find a foothold and turn Afghanistan into another Syria.
“Unfortunately the government, especially security authorities, is not taking this matter seriously and it is questionable. The government should act with responsibility and criticize how neighboring countries possess Taliban as a pressure tool in their hands, what is their purpose.”
“Heavy presence of terrorists and Al-Qaeda in Badakhshan, Uruzgan, Zabul and Kunduz show we are going to experience a deadlier war next year.”
According to him, the government, while utilizing the winter opportunity, should carry out massive operations under proper management to prevent security crisis that would probably grip the Afghans next year.
He lashed out at security organs over failing to ensure security for lawmakers. “According to reports by security institutions, National Assembly members are facing serious security threats.”
Ibrahimi didn’t go into details but said the National Assembly member’s daily received reports that they would be targeted in armed attacks. He said the government should take serious measures for security of National Assembly members.
He also said not claiming responsibility for the attack on Fakkor Behishti was questionable. “No group has so far come forward to claim responsibility for the attack; security organs should give a clear response to the nation and Wolesi Jirga in this regard.” (Pajhwok)