January 21, 2018

Afghan Defense Minister Must Resign

By Khushnood Nabizada - Wed Apr 20 2011, 10:02 am

Afghan senators on Tuesday described the recent attack on Afghan defense ministry as “embarrassing” and urged the minister’s resignation.

Senators say security transition process is to begin in July this year, but security officials are seen unable to shoulder the burden and to ensure security.

“The defense minister should have called reporters and announced his resignation right after the attack on the defense ministry,” Abdul Wahab Irfan, Afghan Senator, said.

“This would have been honorable for defense minister if he offered his resignation today and if he refuses to resign the Senate House must press him to step down, because he is unable to provide security to people,” another member of Senate Hafiz Abdul Qayum said.

Yesterday Afghan Defense Ministry came under attack from inside that led to the death of two soldiers and 7 others were hurt.

It is believed that the man dressed in Afghan army uniform had entered into the ministry by a car with security card and then opened fire.

Right after the attack the Taliban claimed responsibility.

The Taliban said French Defense Minister who was due to visit the ministry was their main target.

Senators called on President Hamid Karzai to seriously ask security officials about the incident.

Experts viewed the attack as an alarm to Presidential Palace which is not so far from the defense ministry.

Experts voiced concern about an increasingly growing influence of foreign intelligence organizations in particular that of Pakistan into Afghan bodies and they said the attacker wouldn’t have been able to attack from inside if there was no cooperation from inside the ministry.

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