Some lawmakers in the Wolesi Jirga, the Lower House of Parliament, who criticized the head of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, for the high levels of insecurity and the rise in attacks in the country, moved to collect signatures to summon the intelligence chief to appear before them.
Stanekzai recently rejected claims of failure on his part to properly manage the security agency.
Sources from the Wolesi Jirga said the first deputy speaker of the house and some MPs have started to collect signatures in their bid to get the NDS chief to parliament.
“I officially ask for (Mohammad Masoom) Stanekzai to be summoned. He should answer. Suicide bombings and explosions are because of him,” said Lalai Hamidzai, an MP from Kandahar.
“The Interior Minister (Wais Ahmad Barmak) said there are hands (involved) that neither belong to Taliban nor Daesh,” Shekiba Hashemi, an MP, said, referring to insecurity and recent bombings in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the speaker of the house, Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, criticized the Independent Election Commission officials for not appearing in parliament.
“We see their (election commissions officials’) absence from the house as a bid to delay the elections; it does not show their independence,” Ibrahimi said.
“The president (Ashraf Ghani) and his team have ordered the election commission to make sure most incumbent MPs not be given the chance to be elected in the upcoming elections, except for a few people who are acceptable to them,” deputy speaker of the house Humayun Humayun claimed.