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Ghani blames Badakhshan MPs for insecurity

Ghani blames Badakhshan MPs for insecurity

Jan 10, 2012 - 18:25

FAIZABAD (PAN): Security Transition Commission Chairman Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Tuesday blamed parliamentarians from northwestern Badakhshan province for destabilizing some districts.

Ahmadzai, who visited province to assess preparations for security transition from foreign soldiers to Afghan security forces, addressed a joint news conference with provincial officials.

Promising to convey local officials' views to President Hamid Karzai, Dr. Ghani said: "The main cause of insecurity in some districts of this province is interference of certain parliamentarians."

Governor Shah Waliullah Adib, speaking on the occasion, sought the deployment of more policemen to improve the security situation in the remote province, bordering Pakistan's northwestern Chitral Valley.

In response to the gubernatorial demand, Ghani said the government could not afford to increase police strength in all provinces.

Adib also asked the central government to import electricity from Tajikistan into Badakhshan, build a dam in Bakhshabad and start work on a ring road. He welcomed the security switch but insisted on strengthening and equipping Afghan forces.

A former finance minister, Ghani blamed some MPs for mounting pressure on the central government over key appointments in Badakhshan.

Parliamentarian Abdul Wali Niazi, however, said lawmakers from all provinces had a role in key appointments at the provincial level. "I think insecurity in some districts is due to a weak government."

Balkh, Daikundi, Takhar, Samangan, Kabul and Nimroz provinces and Jalalabad, Chaghcharan, Shiberghan, Faizabad, Ghazni, Maidan Shahr and Qala-i-Naw cities are included in the second phase of the security switch.

Faizabad, Shahr-i-Buzurg, Yaftal Sofla, Arghanchkhwa, Baharak, Tishkan, Kishm and Argu districts in Badakhshan are also due to change hands.