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JIA wants NSA, security sector leadership dismissed

JIA wants NSA, security sector leadership dismissed

Jun 05, 2017 - 21:42

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Jamiat-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistaninfo-icon (JIA) on Monday demanded investigation into recent deadly attacks in Kabul and dismissal of the National Security Advisor (NSA) and security sector leadership.

The party leaders, including Salahuddin Rabbani, said if their demands were not accepted, the party would take decisions for ‘positive change.’

Rabbani, the JIA chairman, told a press conference here that recent attacks in Kabul might be carried out in collusion with some security agencies.

Flanked by some members of JIA executive board, said it was not clear that he would participate in tomorrow's ‘Kabul process conference’.

A car bomb attack in Wazir Akbar Khan killed about 90 people and injured 460 on Wednesday, triggering a protest by Kabul residents. The protest on Friday turned violent and left seven protesters dead and 35 others, mostly police, injured.

A day after on Saturday (3rd June), three consecutive suicide explosions ripped through the funeral of a lawmaker’s son, who was killed during Friday’s protest.  Seven people were killed and 119 others injured in the blasts.

Rabbani, also the acting foreign minister, said hundreds of civilians were killed and wounded in last week’s attacks in Kabul and other parts of the country.

Without naming anyone, he alleged there were elements in security organs ‘who might have been colluding with terrorists.’

Rabbani said civil societyinfo-icon activists and Kabul residents were peacefully protesting against incompetency of officials and security authorities, but security forces instead of protecting the demonstrators, killed and wounded some of them.

He said opening fire at people during protests on Friday had raised serious questions about the inability of security forces.

Rabbani added: "The attack on the funeral strengthens the belief that without an understanding with security agencies, it is not possible for terrorists to carry attacks on such occasions.”

He said JIA leaders including Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani and Ahmad Shah Massoud were victims of terrorism and assassination attacks on key JIA people had increased.

On JIA behalf, Rabbani urged the government to remove National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar and leadership of security sector and replace them with individuals who were acceptable to the people.

Rabbani also called for investigation into recent attacks in Kabul. The perpetrators shall be brought to justice, he said.

The JIA also demanded full implementation of the national unity government, with Rabbani saying the JIA for improvement in the situation called for implementation of their demands.

“If demands are not implemented, the party in consultation and coordination with other parties and political people of the country will take decisions for positive change in the political and security situation of the country. “

About his participation in tomorrow’s Kabul Process conference, he said he would consult his party executive to attend or not the conference as Minister of Foreign Affairs.


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