House of Elders of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

10/22/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/23/2019 01:05

In the plenary session of the House of Elders on Tuesday, led by Speaker of the House, besides discussing the visit of U.S officials to Kabul

The press office of the House of Elders

October 22, 2019

In the plenary session of the House of Elders on Tuesday, led by Speaker of the House, besides discussing the visit of U.S officials to Kabul, naming the national police academy to General Abdul Raziq was welcomed.

In the session, a number of Senators discussed about the recent visit of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and US Secretary of Defense Mark Sperre to Kabul and their separate meetings with national unity government leaders, saying the United States should act more in compliance with the security agreement between Kabul and Washington; because Afghanistan needs sincere and all-round cooperation. The senators added that the US parliamentary delegation had never met with members of the Afghan National Assembly, and their visits were non-parliamentary.

Senators also welcomed the nomination of the Afghan National Police Academy to the name of the National Police Academy Martyr General Abdul Raziq and praised the presidential office and leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the decision, saying it was due to the dedication of the heroes, and motivating the morale of the country's security forces.

Senators have once again condemned the bloody terrorist incident in Haska Mina district of Nangarhar province, and while expressing gratitude to the president and Speaker of the Senate for traveling and sympathizing with the families of the martyrs, saying the must be investigated and its perpetrators should be arrested and punished.

Similarly, the Speaker of the Meshrano Jirga congratulated the 21st of October, the official day of the Uzbek language and urged the government to pay close attention to strengthening the languages of the inhabitants of the country.

During the session, some members of House said that in addition to deploying a large number of personal bodyguards with the official police of the national council, a series of shifts in the National Assembly's security affairs have been made by the Wolesi Jirga and appointed low-ranking individual instead of professional and experienced individuals. This questionable issue should be discussed by the Senate delegation with Wolesi Jirga's authorities.

Moreover, the Senators have discussed the presidential election, the failure to announce preliminary results by the calendar and some recent reports within the IEC, saying transparent election results should be announced as soon as possible.

Also, the Senators expressed their worry over the widespread proliferation of tablet (k), a dangerous substance used by several young people in schools and universities and entry of unhealthy poultry from Pakistan, and rising civilian casualties by Taliban according to Human Rights Watch report. Furthermore, Emphasis on full accuracy in night operations, emphasis on Afghan-led peace talks and ownership, addressing the needs of serious IDPs in Badakhshan, preventing tax collection by Taliban in the highways and other concerned issues were also raised in the session.

In summarizing part of the Session, Speaker of the House said that US civilian and military officials visit Kabul were not accidental but scheduled in advance, and had the agenda to meet with government officials and some other officials. Speaker of the House appreciated the visit of President Ghani and the sympathy of the House members with the victims' families of Haka Mina and hoped that the promises made to them would be fulfilled. Moreover, he emphasized on investigating civilian casualties in Wardak province, and also welcomed the nomination of the Afghan National Police Academy to the name of the National Police Academy Martyr General Abdul Raziq. The speaker of parliament called on the IEC not to be pressured and not believe false allegations and act as an independent national entity, and make clear the recent allegations that have been baffling the public minds and demanded that the preliminary results of the presidential election be announced soon.

In the end, Senator Abdul Latif Nahzat Yar presented the Senate delegation participation report that attended at the 141st Assembly of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) which held in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. Head of the Senate delegation gave a speech during the assembly and pointed out the problems of terrorism in the region, especially in Afghanistan, and urged the member countries of the Assembly of Asian Parliaments to strive for peace in Afghanistan and the start of a new round of negotiations with the armed opposition in which the Afghan government is a key player and negotiator.

Also, the House delegation which comprised of Senator Abdul Muqtadir Nasiri Secretary-General of the House Secretariat, and Abdul Wasi Fatah, Head of Directorate of Arranging plenary session had participated in a side meeting (a group of seven-plus) with representatives from Burundi, Haiti, Somalia, South Sudan, and some other countries.