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Daesh ‘gaining strength’ in the east: MPs

Daesh ‘gaining strength’ in the east: MPs

Jan 01, 2018 - 21:45

KABUL (Pajhwok): Some lawmakers on Monday said Daesh or so-called Islamic State (IS) militants had increased their activities in eastern Afghanistan, blaming the situation on government’s failure to suppress the outfit.

Haji Hazrat Ali, a Wolesi Jirga member from eastern Nangarhar province, told today’s session of the lower house that moneychangers, traders and doctors were on strike in the province due to kidnappings, murders and armed robberies, but no one cared about them.

“Nangarhar has turned into a center of terrorists while the government is silent,” he said.

Haji Zahir Qadir, another MP from Nangarhar, said people in districts had fled violence and displaced to Jalalabad, the provincial capital, but they were not safe as well.  

 “The government and security forces have failed to suppress Daesh militants, therefore the President should resign for his failure,” he said.

Saleh Mohammad Saleh, a lawmaker from eastern Kunar province, said the uptick in insecurity in the country’s east was a matter of concern.

Mahmoud Sulaimankhel from Paktika province also criticized the government and said Daesh militants were currently recruiting fighters in Warmami district of the province.

“Daesh is a dangerous project, it may convert Afghanistan into Syria and Iraq if not prevented in time,” he said.

“A number of Taliban militants have joined Daesh rebels in cooperation with Pakistan’s ISI agency,” he alleged.

Laila Wali Hukmi, another lawmaker from Nangarhar, said that the government always claimed it had defeated Daesh but in fact the group was gaining more power with each passing day.