KABUL, Afghanistan – The speaker of the House of Representatives Mir Rahman Rahmani, in response to the government’s draft on security pact, said Monday it promotes and reinforces “militarization”, disregarding security bodies in the country.
In a plenary session of the parliament, Rahmani said the government should stop making unilateral decisions, which potentially affects relations between the executive and the legislature bodies of the government.
“The recent proposed security pact by the government has raised a number of serious concerns amongst the people and politicians, as it casts and reinforces militarization,” he said. “This is while the people of Afghanistan do not have happy memories of militarization.”
“Those who voluntarily work to apply security pact have discredited security institutions; and the government needs to strengthen these institutions, not those volunteers whose identities are still unknown and has worried our honorable people,” he added.
Rahmani’s remarks came a month after the government introduced a new security plan called the “Security Pact” to eradicate criminal offenses, prevent terrorist attacks and mobilize people to provide security in their areas.
Although security officials assess the plan functional, it caused a mixed of reaction among some, considering the “Security Plan” not as effective as it should be to address crimes in the country – mainly the Afghan capital Kabul.