KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga members on Sunday voiced their concern over the current security situation in the context of next month’s elections, asking the relevant organs to adopt stringent measures.
A senator from central Daikundi province, Najiba Hussaini, said security had been deteriorating with each passing day. She linked the worsening situation to what she called “haphazard security transition”.
Since the beginning of the switch in 2011, Afghan forces have taken control of security from NATO-led troops in more than 90 percent areas of the country.
The lawmaker claimed: “Some people are trying to hoodwink Afghans and the world at large by saying that Afghan forces could enforce security on their own. How can our forces measure up to the challenge in the absence of the required tools?”
Hussaini referred to a brazen Taliban assault on Serena Hotel on Persian New Year eve, killing nine people, including women, children and foreigners. She said the entire nation had been shocked by the incident.
Her colleague from Panjsher, Lailuma Ahmadi, also voice her grave concern at the deadly attack, saying: “Mere condemnation can’t relieve our pain. People are fed up with the present state of affairs.”
A representative of the Hindu minority, Anarkali Hunaryar, stressed the need for a thoroughgoing into the assault and bringing its organisers to justice. She urged strict security measures to encourage people to participate actively in the polls.
Deputy Chairman Rafiullah Gul, who chaired the session, slammed the Serena incident as an inhuman and un-Islamic act. The security environment was worsening at a time when the elections were 12 days away, he said, calling for peaceful elections.
“A transparent election can’t be expected in the absence of security,” he remarked, urging members to attend Senate sessions. Continued absenteeism could lead to legal action against legislators, he warned.