Afghan cabinet nomineesThe Lower House of the Parliament – Wolesi Jirga on Thursday witnessed brawl among the lawmakers over the issue of cabinet nominees holding dual citizenship.

Public health minister nominee Ferozuddin Feroz, Mines and Petroleum minister nominee Daud Shah Saba, Information Technology and Telecommunication minister nominee Barna Karimi and NDS chief nominee Rahmatullah Nabil appeared during the second parliamentary session on Thursday to brief the lawmakers regarding their work plan.

In the meantime, a number of the lawmakers insisted that the nominees holding dual citizenship should also be called in the session so that they can present their plans.

The lawmakers said the cabinet nominees have signed documents to surrender their second citizenship and the decision to reject the nominees with dual citizenship was not taken by the house of representatives.

Brawl among the Afghan lawmakers started after MP Shukria Barekzai critized the recent decision by joint parliamentary commission to reject the nominees insisting that the Parliament House is not authorized to deprive the rights of an Afghan national from election and voting.

The decision to reject the nominees was taken by joint parliamentary commission after reviewing the documents of each minister-designate and passing a resolution last week. They also called on President Ghani to introduce new nominees.

The administrative delegation of the parliament finally decided that the house would consider to cancel the resoltuion if the opposing lawmakers collect signatures from 1/3 of the opposing lawmakers and 2/3 of the lawmakers vote for the cancellation of the resolution.

The seven nominees who were rejected by the Lower House of the Parliament includes Salahuddin Rabbani, Noor-ul-Haq Ulomi, Syed Sadat Mansoor Naderi, Ai Sultan Khairi, Ahmad Seyar Majhoor, Shah Zaman Maiwandi and Faizullah Kakar.