During the Afghan parliament's first session after its summer recess, lawmakers on Monday accused the government of trying to arm at least 30,000 individuals under the “security charter” plan in various provinces, saying such a move will not help the security situation in the country.
The MPs called for the support of Afghan forces and said forming a militia is not in the best interest of Afghanistan.
“Militia-making is underway under the pretext of the security charter. We all know that the prices Afghans are paying today are due to the militia-making in the past,” said Zalmay Noori, an MP.
The Wolesi Jirga Speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani said the goal of the security charter is to form militias and that the people don’t have good memories from such militias.
“About the security charter, the chiefs' committee decided on Monday to summon the national security adviser and other security authorities to the legislative body and explain it to the members,” Rahmani said.
“A plan to form a militia is officially underway,” said Farzana Kochi, an MP.
But First Vice President Amrullah Saleh in an interview with TOLOnews on Sunday night said the government has no plan to form a militia.
“The security charter is the integration of society--to join the resources of society with those the government. Distributing arms is not included in it,” Saleh said.
The Ministry of Interior said no one is receiving arms or money under the security charter plan.
“The security charter does not include any additional structure, any additional budget, any additional army to any individual or institution,” said Tariq Arian, a spokesman of the ministry.
The security charter plan was announced by the government in July to boost the security of cities in particular, but Kabul residents have said they have not seen a tangible change in the city’s security.