Members of the International Relations Commission of the Wolesi Jirga (the Lower House of Parliament) on Tuesday summoned Ministers of Defense and Interior and the Head of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) over the implementation of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Kabul and Washington.
Commission members said based on the plan security chiefs should report to the commission every six months about the implementation of BSA articles, but that they have failed to do so.
Members of the commission and security chiefs held a three-hour meeting, behind closed doors, where they also discussed the calls for the BSA to be reviewed.
“They should have reported to us every six months, but they did not. We agreed that they will send the reports next week,” Abdul Qadir Zazai, a member of the commission said.
Other members of the commission said they will assess the reports of security chiefs over the implementation of the security agreement in two weeks and will then share the results in aparliament session where the MPs will decide about the fate of the BSA.
According to members of the commission, in addition to the discussion on the BSA, security chiefs also answered questions about the rise in insecurity in the country.
“In the meeting they said the BSA is in support of the Afghan forces, not for the war,” MP Gul Pacha Majidi said.
Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak meanwhile said in reaction to the request by MPs for a review of the BSA that this agreement was in the interests of Afghanistan.
“This agreement is to our benefit. The MPs asked questions about the ambiguities on some articles of the agreement and we responded to them,” said Barmak.
This comes after MPs said earlier this month there was a need to review the BSA because “the United States had failed to enforce the agreement”.
A few days later, other MPs opposed the decision and said the agreement was in favor of Afghanistan.
Following the increase in insecurity, a number of political figures also asked government to review the agreement.