• publish: 5 July 2015
  • time: 11:09 pm
  • category: International
  • No: 132
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Senate closes doors in protest of government’s handling of Jalriz

Senators during Sunday’s session decided to close the doors of the Upper House until Wednesday in protest of what they called the national unity government’s negligence in handling the clash between Afghan troops and Taliban militants in Jalriz district of Maidan Wardak province.

Expressing strong criticism against officials, the Meshrano Jirga (Upper House of parliament) members blamed the deadly Jalriz battle on government’s carelessness.

“Today we decided to close the Senate’s doors till Wednesday because of the Jalriz incident and other similar incidents,” Chairman of Senate Fazl Hadi Muslimyar said.

Meanwhile in the Wolsi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament), the lawmakers accused the interior minister and provincial security officials in Maidan Wardak of neglecting the Jalriz killings.

Nearly 30 Afghan local police (ALP) force members were killed with their bodies allegedly desecrated after a number of insurgents stormed Jalriz district in Maidan Wardak last Thursday and seized all nine police checkpoints of the district.

“Negligence of the senior government officials and the interior minister are not acceptable to the representatives in the House,” MP Abdul Qayoum Sajadi said. “We want and immediate resignation by these officials.”

He demanded the government to bring the Wardak police Chief and other local officials responsible for Jalriz carnage to justice.

President Ashraf Ghani has however assigned a high-level government team to investigate the Jalriz incident.

In addition, he called the desecration of the corpses of soldiers a “war crime”.

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