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MPs ask US to explain choppers’ landing in Taliban areas

MPs ask US to explain choppers’ landing in Taliban areas

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May 30, 2017 - 19:43

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Mishrano Jirgainfo-icon chairman and members on Tuesday said the US should clarify the landing of unknown helicopters in Talibaninfo-icon-controlled areas because the country controlled Afghanistaninfo-icon airspace.

The legislators also called the US war strategy as a failure because insecurity was increasing day by day in Afghanistan.

Recently residents of Sar-i-Pul, Balkh, Ghazni and some other provinces have claimed that unknown choppers were being landed and taken off in areas under Taliban’s control, equipping the group.

First, it was rumored that Russian helicopters were making supplies to the Taliban; but the Russian government in reaction said the Afghanistan’s airspace was controlled by the US, which should explain from where these helicopter entered Afghanistan.

The American authorities and NATOinfo-icon have so far said nothing in this regard; however, the Afghanistan Ministry of Defence had said it was busy investigating the issue and concrete evidence had not been found so far.

Mohammad Alam Ezidyar, 1st deputy chairman of the upper house during Tuesday’s session, said: “There have been rumors that unidentified aircrafts are landed in Taliban areas in some provinces and it’s said that these choppers, contrary to the national interests of Afghanistan, are equipping the Taliban.”

“The Afghanistan airspace is in the hands of the international community (American and NATO forces) and it should respond in this regard.”

He said if the helicopters belonged to the international community and were acting against the Afghanistan’s national interests, then the matter should be clarified.

“And if they are entering Afghanistan from other country, then people should be told about it in order to be aware.”

He asked security organs to investigate the issue and share information with the people.

Senator Rahmatullah Achakzai said: “The unknown helicopters land in various parts of the country, but it is known where they come from.”

Senate chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar said the US which controlled the Afghanistan airspace should address people’s concerns about the mysterious aircrafts.

He also asked the Afghanistan government to share faces regarding the issue with the Afghan people.

Muslimyar said the people had the right to know reality if these helicopters flied from the other side of the Amu River or from across the Durand Lineinfo-icon.

On the other hand, lawmakers also called the US war strategy in Afghanistan as a failure, saying insecurity and clashes had expanded in Afghanistan compared to the past.

Legislator Mohammad Hanif Hanafi asked the US to specify its strategy in Afghanistan in terms of peace and stability.

Mohammad Jan Mangal, another lawmaker, also asked the US to narrow the gap between their words and acts and sincerely take steps towards peace in Afghanistan.

Fawzia Sadaat, another lawmaker, also called the US war strategy in Afghanistan as unsuccessful, confirming the war had increased in Afghanistan as compared to past.

Muslimyar stressed implementation of articles of the security agreement between the US and Afghanistan, saying based on the pact Afghan security forces should be equipped with advanced weaponry.

He asked the government to seriously pursue the security pact with the US, calling on Washington to deliver on its pledges with Afghanistan.

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