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Kabul rocket attack rekindles 1990s memories: MPs

22 Nov 2020 - 11:09
22 Nov 2020 - 11:09

KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of Meshrano Jirga or upper house members on Sunday said Saturday’s rocket strikes in Kabul resembled the 1990s civil war, saying the attack resulted from intelligence failure and weakness of security organs.

The senators in today’s session said those involved in the attack should be identified and punished severely. “Those who have taken responsibility of Kabul security are failed,” they said.

On October 16, first vice-president Amrullah Saleh took charge of Kabul security following dramatic spike in crimes in the country’s capital.

At least 10 people were killed and 51 others wounded as a barrage of rockets hit different parts of Kabul city on Saturday.

Mohammad Alam Ezedyar, first deputy chairman of Meshrano Jirga, about Saturday’s Kabul attacks, said, “Yesterday’s attacks were irritant, they rekindled the memories of 1992 and 1993, this attack proves the intelligence and security organs’ weakness.”

He said new policies of the government regarding security of people were not helpful and there was need for reconsideration of security strategies.

Gulalai Akbari, a senator from Badakhshan province, said, “Saturday’s attacks in Kabul reminded us the attacks of the 1990s, the murderers of innocent people should be hanged in intersections.”

Abdul Latif Nahzatyar, a senator from Nuristan province, said Kabul has been turned into a battle-field and rocket strikes on the city horrified people.

“We do not know how BM12 entered Kabul and then fired freely on different parts of the city, if Kabul security officials know anything like honor, they should resign,” he said.

Fazal Hadi Muslimyar, Meshrano Jirga chairman, also termed Saturday’s Kabul attacks as painful and said it was for the third time rockets were fired at Kabul city.

“Kabul security officials have failed to improve the situation, the situation needs to be paid more care,” he said.

Muslimyar sought people’s cooperation with security forces and said that Afghan forces alone could not ensure security without people’s help.

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