A number of lawmakers in Afghanistan’s Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) on Wednesday moved to impeach the chairman of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) Masoom Stanekzai.
However, this sentiment was not shared by all MPs.
Those who oppose the move said it had been at the request of lawmakers who have personal ambitions in terms of ousting the NDS chief.
But, parliament speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said a motion to impeach government officials was within their authority.
He said the motion to impeach Stanekzai had been put through the legal procedures.
Forty eight lawmakers have signed a petition for the motion, which they said was based on his inability to do the job properly.
“As per the agenda, 48 members of the Wolesi Jirga have signed the impeachment motion and referred it to the administrative board based on the international functioning of the House. This has been assessed and it was certified that these signatures were correct, and they have the necessary quorum,” said Ibrahimi.
However, the motion to impeach has been met with stiff opposition.
“No one will dare to impeach him,” said one MP Obaidullah Barakzai.
“If someone talks about force, no one is weak here, but if the issue is a legal issue, then everything must be handled in line with the law,” said MP Akbar Stanekzai.
“The lawmakers have the legal authority to impeach and summon, but they use it for their personal agendas,” MP Ramazan Bashardost said.
MPs earlier said a surge in attacks in the country in recent months, particularly in Kabul, was due to Stanekzai’s incompetence - a claim Stanekzai himself has rejected.