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MPs Claim they will Summon Ghani Over Tuesday’s Attacks

MPs Claim they will Summon Ghani Over Tuesday’s Attacks

KABUL - Members of Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) on Wednesday condemned Tuesday’s tragic explosions and said President Ashraf Ghani must be summoned to brief them on the chain of events that claimed the lives of dozens of people in a string of explosions.
“If you look at CCTV footage, a white Corolla vehicle explodes 10 minutes (after the first explosion). Now you can imagine the negligence of security personnel,” MP Abdul Qadir Zazai said.
“Forms are here, but why we [lawmakers] are not signing it. This indicates that we are not sincere with our claim. I, as a lawmaker, am telling lies to the people,” said MP Ghulam Hussain Nasiri.
A number of lawmakers referred to Article 69 of the Constitution and said based on that Article, MPs maintain the authority to summon the president of the country.
“Deputy Head of the National Directorate of Security says that almost 35 percent of the information they gather is not credible.
Why should it be like this?” said MP Shekiba Hashimi. Other lawmakers meanwhile said they have started collecting MPs’ signatures for consensus to summon Ghani, arguing that attacks on such a large-scale indicate a breakdown in intelligence.
“You designate a construction engineer as head of the National Directorate of Security and how can you have expectations from him. You [lawmakers] appoint an uneducated person who even did not attend police academy for a single day as minister of interior. You [lawmakers] appoint the person as minister of defense who falls asleep during the day and does not have any kind of experience and served in every regime," said MP Ramazan Bashardost.
Reports indicate that more than 50 people were killed in twin blasts in Kabul which was claimed by the Taliban.
Almost 36 of the victims were Wolesi Jirga employees and 11 others were Meshrano Jirga (Upper House of Parliament) staff members. “Intelligence has been exploited in the name of ethnicity, whenever someone commits treason, he is supported on the basis of his ethnic affiliation,” said MP Sakhi Mashwani.
MPs warned that more attacks could happen in future if government fails to come up with robust and comprehensive security measures for the capital and other big cities in the country. (Tolonews)