MPs said the Bilateral Security Agreement needs to be reassessed in light of the deteriorating security situation.
MPs Call For BSA To Be Reviewed
Members of Afghanistan’s Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) on Wednesday voted for the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between the US and Afghanistan to be reviewed.
Lawmakers said that the agreement had not proven effective in the fight against insurgency.
Some MPs said that the US has failed to enforce the agreement when it comes to the mobilization of Afghan Security and Defense Forces (ANDSF).
From among 150 MPs present at the session, 146 voted in favor of the move.
“Any contract that has no adaptive aspect can be terminated in its nature. Therefore it is reversible and the parliament must take a decision about this security pact in line with the interests of the country,” said one MP Mohammad Sarwar Osmani.
“Just cancel the security agreement between Afghanistan and the US so that we get rid of these issues,” said Obaidullah Barakzai, an MP.
“The pact will be referred to the defense and internal security commission, MPs must decide about the security agreement,” said an MP Humayoun Humayoun.
MPs tasked parliament’s internal security commission to start working on the review.
The Bilateral Security Agreement set out numerous conditions including the troop strength and conditions for the Resolute Support mission in the country. In accordance with the BSA, the US also pays the salaries of all Afghan National Defense and Security Force members.