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Senate asks govt to change its security strategy

Senate asks govt to change its security strategy

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Apr 25, 2017 - 19:03

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon members on Tuesday welcomed the resignation of the defence minister and the army chief ‘as a nice gesture’ and ‘good culture’.

But they said changing faces would not help resolve security issues and asked the government to change its security strategy.

President Ashraf Ghani on Monday accepted resignations of defence minister and army chief after the Balkh carnage at the hands of Taliban, his office had said.

The decision came at a high-level security meeting chaired President Ghani and attended by Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah, National Security Advisor (NSA) Mohammad Hanif Atmar and the outgoing defence minister and army chief.

Upper house member from southern Kandahar province, Nazar Mohammad Faqiri, told the Senate that intelligence agencies had warned the Shaheen Military Corps about a possible attack at lunch time three days before the brutal Talibaninfo-icon attack on Friday, but no measures were taken to prevent the attack.

The lawmaker said the security issue not be resolved by resignation of top security officials.

He said individuals, who committed negligence which resulted in the killing of some 200 military men, should be put on a judicial trial.

Senator Sher Mohammad Akhundzada said the acting defence minister had been promoted in a short period of time and he might continue in his job with full spirit.

He asked the president why he was not choosing one of the generals as defence minister. He said something was going wrong and the president should change his strategy.

Senate deputy chairman Mohammad Alam Ezedyar said the resignation of top security officials had set a good precedent. He said every government officer should resign if they could not perform their duty as required.

He said government officials and politicians should work for national unity in order to steer the country out of challenges.

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