Meshrano Jirga members also state that the investigative team assigned to probe the recent hospital attack is not impartial.
Senators Claim ISI Has Infiltrated Afghan Security Sector
Senators in the Meshrano Jirga (Upper House of Parliament) on Sunday claimed that the infiltration of Pakistan’s military intelligence (ISI) in security institutions is a key reason for the high level of insecurity in the country.
The senators also blasted Afghan security officials for not attending parliament’s question and answer session and said that the investigative team tasked to probe the Sardar Daud military hospital attack was not impartial.
“If government fails to recapture districts under the control of the Taliban, I think that more districts will fall to the Taliban next spring,” said senator Hashim Alokozai.
“I think these officials do not feel responsible before the people; pressure must be put on them; they should not run away from their responsibilities,” said senator Nabiha Mustafa.
The security officials were supposed to appear before the senate on Sunday, but the session was delayed after the security officials announced that the investigation into the deadly attack on the military hospital had not yet been completed.
The session was postponed to next week.
Minister of Defense Abdullah Habibi, Minister of Interior Taj Mohammad Jahed and Director of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) Masoum Stanekzai were due to respond to questions by the senators over the terror attack on the military hospital.
“ISI has infiltrated these institutions; they (ISI) are not in the lower levels; the infiltration is much bigger and it is concerning,” said senator Abdul Hai Akhundzada.
“They must come in the next few days and respond to the people about the attacks, they must be held responsible,” said another senator Najiba Hussaini.
“They (security officials) have nothing to say; if they are serious, they can investigate the issue in a week; these officials must be held accountable to the people,” said senator Gul Ahmad Azami.