• publish: 12 January 2016
  • time: 8:04 pm
  • category: Politics
  • No: 2972
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Meshrano Jirga summon security officials to describe insecurity

The withdrawal of a large number of foreign troops from Afghanistan and Pakistan’s military operations in North Waziristan are among the main reasons behind increasing insecurity in the country, said Acting Defense Minister Masoom Stanikzai, who was summoned by Meshrano Jirga [Upper House of Parliament] on Tuesday.

In addition, he pointed to a number of internal roots behind the deteriorating security situation in the country. He said militants are helped to get access to parts of the country and create security threats to Afghans, Tolo News reported.

“This should be asked that who brings terrorists inside the country – directly in their cars,” Stanikzai said.

Meanwhile, a number of senators raised the issue of desertion in police ranks and termed it as one of the main reasons for insecurity.

Responding to this, Senior Deputy Interior Minister for Security Affairs Gen. Mohammad Ayub Salangi said 153,000 out of 157,000 police force members are serving in the ranks of Afghan police countrywide.

“I will send the answer for all of your questions in a letter and I hope it will answer all your queries,” Salangi said.

However in the middle of the session, reporters were asked to leave as per the suggestion of the acting chief of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), Massoud Andarabi.

“If you want detailed answers for your questions then media should not be here,” Andarabi requested.

This comes after NATO mentioned in a secret report that the security situation in Afghanistan in 2016 is poised to deteriorate with the Afghan army having lost a third of its troops. It has potentially been left incapable of fulfilling its duties, the report added which was recently made public by Der Spiegel, a German magazine.

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