Senate Questions Security Ministers’ Responses to Pakistan Missile Attacks
Thu Aug 02, 12:22 pm
The Afghan Upper House of Parliament received the 20% minimum number of votes required to call for “interpellation”, or official questioning in front of Parliament, of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the National Security Director in an effort to question their lack of focus on preventing further Pakistan rocket attacks. They also voted for interpellation in order to review the increase of insecurity and what has been called “disrespect” to the members of the House as they have tried to learn more about the unchecked attacks on Kunar province.
The Ministers of Interior and Defense had also been proposed for questioning by some Senators, but there was insufficient support to force them to appear at this time for questioning in front of the Senate during yesterday’s session.
It may be that the Ministers of Interior and Defense will be summoned for interpellation inquest at the general assembly meeting on Saturday 4 August.
A number of MPs believe asking ministers to appear in front of the Parliament is not the solution for this chaos in Afghanistan. They claim there will be a lack of transparency if the ministers are required to testify regarding this matter while the government is actively trying to resolve the issue through diplomatic means.
“Asking ministers to appear in front of the Parliament is the right of MPs. Parliament members can summon any ministers for interpellation whenever at least 20 percent of the MPs agree, but for MPs to say that they feel one way on one day regarding interpellation and then feeling a completely different way the next day creates questions as to why they changed their minds regarding interpellation,” said Mohammad Younis Qanooni.
During the past week, some MPs wanted to summon the Ministers of Interior Defense to appear before Parliament regarding the Pakistan missile attacks and other matters affecting Afghan security, but the inquest documents for these ministers had not yet been completed.