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MPs Hail Gen. Raziq, Want Qala-I-Zal Chief Tried

MPs Hail Gen. Raziq, Want Qala-I-Zal Chief Tried

KABUL - The Wolesi Jirga on Monday praised Kandahar police chief for courageously responding to Friday’s cross border attack and demanded trial of Kunduz’s Qala-i-Zal district police chief.
The skirmish between Afghan and Pakistani border security forces in Spin Boldak’s Luqman village resulted in the killing of four Afghan security men and injuring of 46 others, including civilians.
Nine Pakistanis were also killed and 40 others wounded in the 12-hours long exchange of fire.
Shekaba Hashami, a lawmaker from Kandahar province, said: “For years Pakistan has been attacking Afghanistan, we stayed silent. Kandahar police commander Gen. Raziq who defended the country his bravery should be hailed.”
She said individuals who should be executed had been appointed ambassadors while the Kandahar police chief who fought with trivial resources and manpower was yet to praised and honored.
Hashami believed if the Kandahar police chief was praised for the valor he showed, the remaining border forces would follow in his footsteps.
Obaidullah Barakzai, a lawmaker from Uruzgan province, also praised Gen. Raziq and said everyone who defended the motherland should be appreciated.
Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said: “We are proud of our security forces and it is the lower house right to appreciate individuals who show extraordinary courage in the service of the motherland.”
He ordered the house secretariat to invite Gen. Raziq to a Wolesi Jirga session and award him letter of appreciation.
Ibrahimi termed the country’s security situation dangerous. He said Defence Ministry officials in Kunduz who had assured him of security situation in Qala-i-Zal district just 24 hours before its fell to the Taliban.
He said the problem was in the leadership of security institutions due to which districts and strategic areas fell into Taliban’s hands.
He said when a commander had no information about the security situation of his area, how would he lead a fight.
About security forces’ weak leadership, Defence Ministry spokesman Gen. Dawat Waziri said lawmakers had the right to express their viewpoint, but the ministry was sparing no effort in ensuring security across Afghanistan.
In the past 11 days, the Taliban overran the Qala-i-Zal of Kunduz and Zebak of Badakhshan besides capturing some police check-posts in Sar-i-Pul’s Sayyad district. (Pajhwok)