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Monday 26 October 2020

The press office of the House of Elders

October 13, 2020

In the plenary session of the Meshrano Jirga on Tuesday led by the Speaker of the House, the current situation of the country was discussed.

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The senators expressed their gratitude for the commitment, bravery, and heroism of the defense and security forces in the rebuffing of the Taliban's massive attack on the Lashkar Gah city of Helmand province and said that the Taliban group did not believe in peace and except the war, which during the peace talks increased the fighting in different parts of the country.

They are breaching a memorandum of understanding with the Americans that they would not attack cities and public highways and that in order to curb the current situation, the country's armed forces must withdraw from active defense to launch offensive attacks to suppress the enemy.

Speaking about the shortcomings of the defense and security forces in preventing the Taliban from infiltrating parts of Lashkar Gah city, the senators said the group had looted an electrical substation in that province and taken its staff with them. They destroy public utilities, including roads, which are against all national and Islamic standards. The senators called peace as a priority and called on the international community, especially the United States, to put more pressure on Taliban supporters to reduce violence and to agree to make a ceasefire.

Moreover, the Senators while emphasizing the improvement of the security situation, especially in Urozgan province and the northern regions of the country, the senators said that criminal crimes such as murder, armed robbery, and kidnapping in Kabul are very worrying, and called on the Ministry of Interior and National Security to take serious measures to address the situation and the serious fight against criminal and terrorist offenses.

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At the session, the chairman and other members asked the citizens to follow the health recommendations to prevent the spread of the second wave of the coronavirus, and it was also emphasized that the institutions responsible for the money allocated to fight the first wave of the corona should be reviewed and reported.

Emphasis on reviewing operational funds allocated to provinces and establishing a procedure for transparency by government, criticizing the administration of local administration for postponing provincial council elections, asking the Ministry of Education to provide better education for students after the days of quarantine, Criticism of US dual policy on war and peace in Afghanistan, emphasis on investigating allegations that US forces destroyed a number of buildings at the Bagram military base and smuggling equipment abroad, expressing concern about the salary cuts and privileges of the martyrs' heirs from previous years by the relevant institutions, a reminder of the gathering of women of the country to support the republic and the values ​​of the last two decades, appointment of an inexperienced and unprofessional person as the police chief of Balkh district, the commemoration of the second anniversary of the martyrdom of General Abdul Raziq, the former police chief of Kandahar, and some other issues were raised by the senators.

Fazl Hadi Muslimyar, Chairman of the Meshran Jirga, while expressing regret over the intensity of the fighting in Helmand and expressing sympathy with the suffering people of the province, said that the resistance of the armed forces was commendable and supportable and that these brave forces were able to win the war and clear vulnerable areas of the enemy. Criticizing the Taliban for breaking the agreement and commitment, the Senate Speaker said that the group had agreed with the United States to refrain from large-scale attacks and not to operate on major cities and highways, but their attacks in Takhar, Uruzgan, and Helmand provinces showed that they were not fulfilling their commitments. They are not bound and their main figures are something else, and now the United States should explain to international partners, especially the Afghan government, that why the Taliban have escalated the violence, and if there is a deal, it requires the Afghan intelligence services to Share that research and facts with the people.

Muslim Yar added that the United States, as a strategic partner also has a security pact with Afghanistan, and should not deal with such issues inconsiderately and act against it, because not handing over some military equipment to Afghan security forces and destroying military bases is against the accepted principles, and it is considered cowardly.

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Furthermore, Addressing the negotiating team of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Speaker of the Meshrano Jirga said: "Our people need peace and the end of the war. We hope that they will represent their people and system with patience and based on Islamic Sharia." and this House is in support and cooperation of them; He added that we expect the Taliban to stop making excuses and base their talks on Islamic law, not an agreement with the United States.

According to another news item, a number of private high school students of Shamshad No. (3) visited the National Assembly today as part of the educational and observation programs conducted by the Information and Public Relations Department of the Meshrano Jirga’s Secretariat. Senator Saleh Mohammad Moallem La La Gol, the secretary of the House, provided them with information on parliamentary issues

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