Afghan politicians call for resignation of intelligence, security Chiefs

Afghan politicians call for resignation of intelligence, security Chiefs

KABUL - A number of members of the Wolesi Jirga (the Lower House of Parliament) and Meshrano Jirga (the Upper House of Parliament) on Saturday sharply criticized intelligence departments and government officials for their inability to prevent attacks, especially in the capital, and called for them to resign.

MPs and senators said the deteriorating security situation was a shame for security officials and stated they must step down.

This comes after at least 63 people were killed in Saturday’s deadly ambulance bombing in Kabul city. In addition, at least another 151 people were wounded.

This attack was just the latest in a string of deadly incidents in the country this week, including the siege of the Intercontinental Hotel last Saturday, which also left dozens of people dead, including foreign nationals.

“Unfortunately, today’s attack was a continuation of the previous attacks. A proxy war is definitely ongoing in Afghanistan ,” MP Sayed Ali Kazimi said.

“We are surprised that there is so much weakness. For how long do our people need to suffer and die. Why do these officials not step down from their jobs,” senator Safiullah Hashemi said.

A number of former military officers meanwhile said the lack of capacity in investigative, intelligence and security departments are the reasons for the deteriorating security in the country, especially in Kabul city.

“Our intelligence and investigative departments are weak, and they should be strengthened. If these departments are not strengthened, prevention of such attacks will be impossible,” former military officer Mohammad Agul Mujahid said.

“Currently Afghan government (officials) are busy with internal issues and they prefer to work for their own interests instead of the interests of the Afghan people,” Mohsin Ahmadi, a member of Kabul provincial council said.

In the last 10 days five deadly attacks have been carried out across the country, including two major ones in Kabul city. The casualty toll has also involved mainly civilians.