Lawmakers have called on foreign forces to launch airstrikes before militants capture big cities.
MPs Raise Concern Over High Casualty Toll
Members of Wolesi Jirga, the Lower House of Parliament, on Saturday said they were extremely concerned about an increase in civilian and government forces fatalities in recent days.
“The number of casualties among security forces is horrible,” MP Abdul Rahim Ayubi said.
The MPs said disagreements between government leaders is one of the reasons behind increasing insecurity in the country.
“Security situation in some provinces has deteriorated recently. The reason behind this is the inability of central government authoritiesand a disagreement between government leaders,” said Musa Khan Nusrat, an MP.
Other MPs meanwhile criticized foreign forces over the “lack of cooperation” with Afghan forces.
“Why the US forces and US Air Forces in Afghanistan do not act before the incidents happen? Why don’t they prevent big cities fromfalling (to militants)? asked Nader Shah Bahar, an MP.
This comes as head of the National Directorate of Security Masoom Stanekzai admitted that it is the responsibility of government forces to ensure people’s safety.
“We are committed to working together and improving cooperation among police, army and other forces,” Stanekzai said. “We appreciate our international partners for their cooperation, but it is our job to build our country.”
“We are accountable. We are a government that has been established based on an election,” Defense Minister Lieutenant Gen. Tariq Shah Bahrami said in Farah.