Some lawmakers in the Wolesi Jirga, the Lower House of Parliament, on Saturday accused two close aides of President Ashraf Ghani, including Masoom Stanekzai, head of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) and Mohammad Akram Khpolwak, Ghani’s top advisor on political affairs, of acting against national interests.
One MP went as far as to accuse Stanekzai of supporting Daesh.
Lalai Hamidzai, an MP from Kandahar, lashed out and said: “From this podium I officially say that Masoom Stanekzai is behind the Daesh project (in Afghanistan) and Akram Khpolwak is a child of Pakistan’s ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence agency) and was responsible for signing the Durand Line.”
The remarks come after the Wolesi Jirga’s first deputy speaker Humayun Humayun recently stated in a letter to the National Security Council that ‘suspicious individuals’ were seen at Stanekzai’s guesthouse.
“Twice I saw people who walked out of his (Stanekzai’s) guesthouse.” Humayun said. “They are very well-known people and all the media outlets speak out about their activities which are behind the deterioration of security (in the country).” He did not however name the “suspicious” people, nor did Hamidzai give further details.
But two weeks ago, government officials searched Humayun’s office after allegations surfaced of his suspicious behavior – specifically over the alleged removal of data from parliament's TV archives.
Some lawmakers have spoken out about this and criticized government for having carried out a search of Humayun’s office.
One Badakhshan MP Abdul Latif Pedram said it would be a problem for the people “if the president, the head of the NDS and former head of the NDS including a collection of other plotters exist.”
“All MPs have the right to know through an investigation by the Attorney General’s Office why the office of the first deputy speaker of the Wolesi Jirga was searched,” MP Nader Khan Katawazai said.
However, TOLOnews tried to get comment from the Presidential Palace on Hamidzai's comments but was told to call Stanekzai instead. TOLOnews made repeated calls to Stanekzai but all calls went unanswered.
This comes just a few weeks after former president Hamid Karzai accused the United States of colluding with Daesh in Afghanistan and allowing the insurgents to flourish in the country.
In an interview with Al Jazeera, Karzai said: "In my view under the full presence, surveillance, military, political, intelligence, Daesh has emerged."
"And for two years the Afghan people came, cried loud about their suffering of violations. Nothing was done."