MPs and politicians blame Ghani and Abdullah for the ongoing security crisis, saying they are focusing on minor issues.
Critics Slam Ghani, Abdullah Over Security Crisis
A number of members of parliament and politicians on Tuesday blasted the National Unity Government (NUG) leaders over the security crisis that is currently gripping the country.
The critics said President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah are arguing and competing against each other over minor administrative issues instead of focusing on security issues and addressing the challenges.
The leaders came under harsh criticism after the Taliban launched a major attack on Monday night on Farah city. Clashes are still ongoing.
MPs also sharply criticized Ghani for having visited Logar on Tuesday. They said while Farah was burning, Ghani and interior minister Wais Ahmad Barmak spent the time in Logar to inaugurate a power plant.
“In such an insecure and deadly year, you see that small issues are being shared and told and then disagreements arise over them. But the bigger issues, with the biggest one being security andstability in the country, has been forgotten about,” MP Sadiqi Zada Nili said.
“Slowly it comes to a point that government cannot even defend the cities. It is very bad, we are unhappy, and people do not feel safe,” chairman of the New National Front of Afghanistan Anwar ul-Haq Ahadi said.
Abdullah however, on Monday also sharply criticized security institutions over not paying enough attention to security issues.
He said the National Security Council and the Supreme Commander’s meetings have not been held in the past few days to address security challenges.
“In the last few days we did not witness any meetings of the National Security Council or the Supreme Commander, but witness casualties every day. Afghan people are being killed, we have subjected our security forces to killings. Who is responsible here,” Abdullah said Monday.
MPs and politicians also slammed Ghani and Abdullah for their ‘media battles’ and for allowing minor issues to distract them from important ones.
An example was Ghani and Abdullah recently taking opposing stances against energy and water minister Ali Ahmad Osmani.
Ghani for instance spoke out against Osmani while Abdullah said he was professional and a good manager.
“The work that has been done is not because of the energy and water ministry’s efforts, but because of Qayyumi’s (an advisor to the president) efforts. If it was not for him, none of this work would have been accomplished. Because fundamental problems exist in the ministry and the energy production sector does not stand on its own feet. All power dams are stopped, and we hope people make judgements in this regard,” Ghani said recently.
But Abdullah said: “With good management at the energy and water ministry and in water distribution companies, by having professional and committed individuals and their colleagues, we are witnessing positive changes.”
Despite ongoing intensified fights in Farah city between Taliban and security forces, Ghani said while in Logar on Monday that the Taliban must join the peace process and lay down their arms.
NUG has since its establishment witnessed ongoing internal disagreements on a number of issue.