A group of lawmakers on Sunday accused the president and security agencies of not paying sufficient attention to equipping and supporting soldiers on the frontlines, saying that the fall of some districts in recent weeks is alarming.
The lawmakers questioned the government for appointing an acting minister for the Ministry of Interior Affairs and said Afghanistan has many talented figures who can better run the ministry. They called on the president to appoint a new pick for the ministry as soon as possible.
“We ask the government’s political leaders and the leaders of the security agencies to involve the people in independent self-defense through an inclusive national and political mobilization and to review existing policies,” Wolesi Jirga Speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani said.
“I am sure that provinces will fall if the situation continues. The Defense Ministry is fully paralyzed. It is not responsive. The defense minister is ill. I don’t think there is lack of elites (for the post),” said Nilofar Jalali Kofi, an MP from Kunduz.
“Mr. President, what will be your response be on doom's day? The casualties are due to the inefficiency of the leaders,” said Shahpoor Hasanzoi, an MP from Logar.
Other groups of MPs said that another reason behind the current crisis in the country is an ethnic and favoritism-oriented treatment toward appointments in security agencies by the president.
“The brother who runs the Ministry of Interior was distributing dates to drivers during Ramadan. Why is this brother not distributing water to soldiers on the frontlines?” asked Abdul Zahir Tamim, an MP from Badghis, referring to Hayatullah Hayat, the acting minister of interior.
“You are appointing your own picks at a ministry as a symbolic role. The Ministry of Interior is on the verge of collapse,” said Fatima Kohistani, an MP from Ghor.
“Officials are not responsive. The situation will worsen if this continues,” said Zia-ud-Din, an MP from Ghor.
The lawmakers praised security forces for their bravery but said that history will judge inefficient officials harshly.
“It is treason, and a crime against the rights of these people as they are killed. If it is expected to hand over provinces, why should it involve bloodshed?” said Belqis Roshan, an MP from Farah.
“We don’t have a minister in this violent situation, the army chief has gone on a trip and the interior minister is unprofessional,” said Gul Ahmad Noorzad, an MP from Nimroz.
Bu the government said efforts are underway to manage the crisis. President Ghani in a meeting with security officials on Sunday ordered proper plans against threats and movements by terrorists, according to a statement by the Presidential Palace.