A number of lawmakers in the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) on Wednesday said they are concerned about the ‘deteriorating security situation’ in northern and north-eastern parts of the country.
The MPs criticized President Ashraf Ghani for his recent remarks on corruption and said he should roll up his sleeves and do something to overcome security challenges instead of complaining about corruption in government offices.
“We had contact with our people. They had a message to the president. They said they are tired of their lives and the incumbent situation. They said they want relief from this situation,” said Fatima Aziz, an MP from Kunduz.
“There is another problem – the poor management among security forces. Meanwhile, the hiring and employment in security agencies has posed another challenge for security forces,” said Mirdad Nijrabi, head of the internal security commission of the Wolesi Jirga.
The MPs meanwhile discussed government’s campaign against corruption in public offices.
“Our demand from the president [Ashraf Ghani] is that he should take action instead of complaining. He should find solutions,” Wolesi Jirga’s second deputy speaker Nazir Ahmadzai said.
“If we all want government to fight corruption; then we should get government to send us a specific draft plan of its campaign against corruption,” MP Qayum Sajjadi said.
This comes amid a sharp increase in clashes, over the past six days, between Afghan forces and the Taliban in parts of Kunduz.