Govt officials complicit in attacks: MPs

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga on Sunday once again accused some high-ranking government officials of being complicit in fomenting violence across the country.

In recent months, suicide and bomb attacks have considerably escalated in Kabul and other parts of the country. At least 11 blasts have rocked the central capital in the past two weeks, killing several civilians.

A Kabul representative in the upper house, Nisar Ahmad Haris, blamed the two-month-old national unity government for its failure to bring about a positive change in the security situation.

Without naming anyone, he claimed: “Several individuals spying for foreigners are part of the present government. They take suicide bombers and other attackers to targeted areas in their vehicles on a daily basis.”

The government knew well who those spies were, he said, asking the authorities to expose such elements as betrayed the national interest.

His colleague from Nangarhar, Lutfullah Baba, also charged some government officials with transporting terrorists to their targets. “The government should set up a special unit to search vehicles with tinted glasses,” he suggested.

Mohammad Amin, another senator from Ghazni, asked: “How militants reach their targets if government officials are not in connivance with them.”

It was government’s responsibility to identify anti-state elements, he observed, warning that peace would remain a distant dream if such elements were not identified.

Mohiuddin Munsif, a public representative from Kapisa, said insecurity continued to plague the country and the government should work out a clear plan to control law and order.

Other lawmakers also voiced concerns over the deteriorating law and order situation during the past couple of weeks. They said anti-rebel policy should be worked out to restore order in the country.

Mahmood Danishjo, the Balkh representative in the Senate, said the upper house would declare the security agreement null and void if the US did not work to strengthen peace in Afghanistan.

Chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar remarked the government could not bring stability unless the nation provided active support to the security forces.

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