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Security chiefs face wrath of parliament, despite VP and NSA’s absence

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During a special sitting of Parliament on Saturday, members of the Wolesi Jirga lashed out at the government and accused security sectors of failing to manage the system and defend the country and the lives of the people.

MP’s claimed Afghanistan had become a “slaughter-house” with innocent civilians falling victim to attacks.

Heads of the different security ministries were summoned to appear before the special parliamentary session on Saturday in order to answer questions around the deteriorating security situation in the country and about recent large-scale attacks on Kabul city.

MPs were however angry about the no show of First Vice President Amrullah Saleh and National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib.

Saleh was appointed last month to take control of the deteriorating security situation in Kabul. Ghani ordered him to ensure attacks, assassinations and crime-related incidents were stamped out.

However, since his appointment dozens of IED explosions have happened in the city and two major attacks were carried out on two separate educational facilities – resulting in the deaths of at least 50 civilians – most of whom were students.

MPs meanwhile accused Saleh and Mohib of having adjusted the authority of officials at some security institutions and claim this “has weakened the functioning of the security sectors”.

The two senior government officials meanwhile said in a letter to parliament that they would only attend a hearing, not an interrogation.

MPs this week summoned Saleh and Mohib along with the acting ministers of defense and interior and the acting head of the National Directorate of Security (NDS).

“We have nothing to do with these ministers because Hamdullah Mohib grabs all the competencies and he should come and respond to the people and he has been busy making appointments, now who is responsible for this unfortunate situation?” asked Ziauddin Zia, a member of the Internal Security Commission of the House of Representatives.

“We have no security, no job, no hope for life, no government, and the president is hiding in the palace and releasing false statements. He made the country a slaughterhouse for the people. Ghani shame on you,” said Habibur Rahman Pedram, a parliament member.

“The absence of Saleh and Mohib is an insult to the people of Afghanistan and Mohib who considers himself the secretary of the president, why is he making appointments? There is a serious need for reforms in the security council,” said Abdul Satar Hussaini, another member of Parliament.

Meanwhile, acting defense minister Assadullah Khalid called the ineligibility of security officials by members of parliament an insult and called for a session of parliament to be held behind closed doors.

“Insulting is not right and the session should be secret so that we can share our words with you [MPS],” said Khalid.

Eventually, the House of Representatives decided by a majority of votes to hold a closed-door session, but a number of members of parliament said that even during this session, security officials had nothing concrete to say about the recent attacks, especially those in capital Kabul.

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IEA eager for dialogue with the world: China’s Wang Yi

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The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) officials are eager to have dialogue with the rest of the world, and the international community should help Afghanistan with its development, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Wednesday.

In an address delivered by video link to a conference in Iran on Afghanistan, Wang said Beijing was ready to host further talks between Afghanistan and its neighbours on the country’s future.

“The Taliban (IEA) are eager to have dialogue with the world … China will host the third Neighbours of Afghanistan meeting at the appropriate time,” Wang said in comments broadcast live by Iranian state TV.

The meeting of Afghanistan and neighbouring countries was attended in person by the foreign ministers of Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, and China and Russia participated by video link.

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Iran says IEA must ensure security to all Afghans and borders

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Wednesday at the opening of a conference on Afghanistan in Tehran that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) are responsible for the security of all Afghans and the country’s borders.

Addressing delegates from Afghanistan’s neighboring countries, and Russia, Amir-Abdollahian said: “We must emphasize that the responsibility of security for Afghan citizens, as well as security at the borders of this country with its neighbors, first of all lies with the ruling council temporarily in charge of Afghanistan.”

Iran also called on the IEA to ensure the Shiite community in Afghanistan is provided security. This comes after recent attacks, claimed by Daesh, targeted this minority group in the country.

The Iranian foreign minister also called on the international community “to pay special attention” to political and humanitarian problems, as well as to terrorism, narcotics trafficking and women’s rights in Afghanistan.

On Tuesday, the Iranian foreign ministry called on the IEA, which was not invited to the meeting, to form an inclusive government and prevent violence.

“The people of Afghanistan are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, including food, medicine and vaccines to combat Covid,” Amir- Abdollahian told the second meeting of Afghanistan’s foreign ministers.

He said: “Considering the fact that aid should be distributed in such a way that people can benefit from it in a fair way.”

“Given the ubiquity of the UN umbrella, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s proposal is to request the Secretary-General of the Organization to make a concerted effort and, if necessary, mediate between the Afghan parties to reach an agreement on the future political structure of the country,” he said.

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Nato was a political failure in Afghanistan: UK’s defence secretary

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Nato’s political campaign in Afghanistan was a failure, the UK’s defence secretary said on Tuesday but insisted the western alliance had not suffered a military defeat at the hands of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA).

Speaking to the Commons defence committee on Tuesday afternoon, Wallace said Nato forces could have stayed on in the country, but a “rotten deal” struck by Donald Trump’s US government led to the IEA’s triumphant return, the Guardian reported.

It was “highly likely” that there would now be a renewed threat from al-Qaeda from Afghanistan, Wallace said. But, he added: “For 20 years we were safer, so we can bank that.

“I don’t think that we were defeated. Our resolve was found wanting, I would say, rather than defeated,” he said.

“Nato were there to enable a political campaign and I think that is what failed. The military were there to put in place the security environment in order to try and deliver that.

“When that is withdrawn, that is when you find out whether your political campaign has worked. What we discovered is it didn’t work. It was the western resolve and the western narrative or political foundations they had laid failed. There are a lot of searching questions there for all of us.”

He added: “I think it is highly likely that we will see a return to al-Qaeda and an increasing threat coming from Afghanistan.”

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