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MPs vote to save Nasrat from AGO probe

MPs vote to save Nasrat from AGO probe

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Nov 11, 2017 - 17:09

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Saturday reversed a majority decision to introduce Chief Secretary Khudai Nazar Nasrat to the Attorney General Office (AGO) despite opposition from some lawmakers.

Earlier, the lower house of parliament’s investigative commission had suspended and referred the Chief Secretary to the AGO and asked Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi to return 5.3 million afghanis spent on his personal works.

The commission also fired two employees of the Wolesi Jirga Television and banned First Deputy Speaker Humayun Humayun and two other lawmakers from house proceeding for 10 to 15 days.

Speaker Ibrahimi told lawmakers in today’s session that 70 lawmakers had requested not to introduce Nasrat to the AGO.

Despite opposition from some lawmakers, the speaker called for voting on the suggestion. Of 119 lawmakers present, 117 agreed not to refer Nasrat to the AGO for investigation.

Lawmaker Erfanullah Erfan, who headed the investigation, said the decision not to refer Nazar to the AGO was against the law.

“Every decision and order of the house is breakable after this. There is no need for you (Speaker) to return 5.4 million and Humayun and Barakzai can also come back and attend the proceedings of the house,” he remarked.

He said he had no personal issue with Nasrat, but it was against the law not to introduce him. He said a two-thirds majority of the house should take decision in this regard.

Mohammad Abduho, a lawmaker from Balkh province, criticized the voting and said: “The accused individuals cannot be cleared as innocent by raising red or green cards. The process is conducted against the law and is not acceptable.”

He urged the speaker and the chief secretary not to bring further shame to the august house.

Nasrat thanked lawmakers for not referring him to the AGO and rejected his involvement in corruption.

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