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Monday 26 October 2020

The press office of the House of Elders

October 3, 2020

In the committee chairs session of the Mesrhano Jirga led by the speaker of the House, besides specifying agendas of the future sessions, discussions have taken place with the acting minister of interior affairs and head of NDS.

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The committee decided that tomorrow in the plenary session of the House on Sunday, October 4, 2020, in addition to the open discussion, work should be on the (Cooperation Agreement in the field of a regional system of prior warning system for Asia and Africa), and a Helmand teenager who recently won an education award among forty countries should be admired.

Also in the plenary session of the House on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, in addition to the open discussion, elections should be held to select the post of secretary. Moreover, in the plenary session of the House on Sunday, October 11, 2020, in addition to the open discussion, work should be on Legislative Decree No. 308 regarding the addition of Article 350 of the Criminal Procedure Code. Furthermore, in the plenary session of the House on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, in addition to the open discussion, a decision should be made about the Legislative Decree No. 359 regarding the amendment of some articles of the Civil Aviation Law.

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In the other part of the meeting, the issue of the dual behavior of some government officials with the Meshrano Jirga and their absence from the relevant meetings and session should be discussed

 with the Gul Pad shah Majidi, the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, it was emphasized that the officials should not act against the applicable laws of the country and should not evade their responsibilities. Furthermore, the committee chairs while encouraging the heroism of the armed forces questions were raised form the security officials about the enemy movements in some areas of Kabul province, increase in crime and assassinations, insecurity in Logar, Baghlan, Uruzgan, Helmand, and other places, prevention of psychological warfare against the

regime, influence on the competencies of the Ministry of Interior, the martyrdom of Ghazni police officer Nazir Ghorzang and the assassination of Ahmad Shah Khadem Yar, a police officer, and Ghazni province, and other issues were raised by the senators.

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Then, Major General Mohammad Massoud Andarabi, Acting Minister of Interior, said in his speeches that after the investigation, it was found that the commanders of some districts who were appointed by powerful man were dependent on them and considered themselves obliged to obey them, after that, a decree was issued by the president to appoint them in cooperation with the National Security Council, which is a good step and will be able to help improve the situation.  The Acting of the Ministry of Interior said that to fight criminal crimes in Kabul, the policies and changes have been made in the policies and approach of the police to fight crime in Kabul, and the capacity to develop criminal cases has increased where about 1,750 people have been arrested in connection with various crimes. Also, he added that Statistics show that the situation

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 has improved relatively in the last few days, adding that the security situation in Baghlan, Helmand, and Urozgan will be addressed and that the enemy has also been hit hard in some fronts in these provinces. Similarly, Ahmad Zia Siraj, head of the National Directorate of Security, said in his replies that although the enemy tried hard to gain control of places in the country, the security forces fought against them with determination and did not allow them to occupy any territory. Moreover, recalling the psychological warfare waged by the enemy, he said efforts were underway to contain it as well as plans to improve the situation. General Siraj added that to address the problem of insecurity in some areas of Paghman district, the fifth district of Kabul city and other parts of Kabul, Security programs are in place to block enemy traffic and put an end to concerns.

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 Furthermore, the head of the NDS provided information to the committee chairs about the assassination of a police officer, a video of assassination released by the enemy in the Kabul company area, the involvement of people involved in the placement of magnetic mines, and the involvement of terrorist networks.