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MPs ask govt to clarify why weapons kept in school

MPs ask govt to clarify why weapons kept in school

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May 14, 2017 - 19:56

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon on Sunday expressed concern over keeping weapons in schools and demanded disclosure of a private school in Kabul, where arms were found.

On May 9, police recovered nine different weapons, a large number of Kalashnikov bullets, bombs, explosives, a suicide vest, a large amount of anesthetic spray, military uniforms and three cars with tainted glasses at the Jabir Bin-i-Hayan Private School in the fifth police district of Kabul.

Abdullah Qarlaq, a senator from northern Kudnuz province, expressed concern over the existence of weapons in the private school and said those involved in the crime should be arrested.

Addressing the upper house’s today session, he said reports indicated the school belonged to a former member of parliament and the government must reveal his or her name.

He also asked the government to clarify to the people for what purpose the weapons were stored in the school.

First deputy chairman, Mohammad Alam Ezedyar, who chaired the session, said the weapons depot at the private school was large and the government should take action and expose those involved.

He said using a school for keeping weapons was intolerable and the “perpetrators have to be taken to justice no matter who they are.”

“The Meshrano Jirga would not simply ignore this case, we would follow this issue until the people involved in it are exposed,” he said.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Hassan Shah Frogh, 101 Asmai zone police commander, refused to name the former parliamentarian who owned the private school.

He told reporters that identity cards of bodyguards of the former parliament member had been discovered with weapons from the school.

“This school has been under police’s supervision and is said to be owned by a cousin of Raees Khudaidad,” he said.

Khudaidad, who spearheaded a criminal gang, was sentenced to death and hanged last year on charges ranging from murders, torture and other crimes.

Frogh said six officials of the private school had been arrested and referred to the attorney for interrogation.

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