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Lawmakers lambast Massoud’s warning to govt

Lawmakers lambast Massoud’s warning to govt

Apr 19, 2017 - 16:38

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Tehreek-i-Milli Afghanistaninfo-icon (TMA) and some Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon members on Wednesday lashed out at Ahmad Zia Massoud over warning the government of dire consequences.

Massoud was a couple of days ago dismissed by the president as his special representative for reform and good governance for what the Presidential Palace said his weak performance.

On Tuesday, Massoud claimed the president had no right to dismiss him under the national unity government (NUG) agreement.

Talking to reporters here about his sacking, Massoud alleged the government had not come to power through a free and fair election. “Massive rigging had happened in the (2014) election.

Aryan Youn, a lawmaker from Nangarhar province, in a reference to Massoud’s remarks, said: “We have two kind of enemies -- one is fighting against our government and security forces and the second is within the government. The second type enemy is more dangerous than Daesh and Talibaninfo-icon.”

She welcomed the president’s decision to fire Massoud and said: “Massoud propagated against the government when he was in office. She said neutral people should lead the government.

She said Massoud’s warning would go unnoticed because he had been using government resources while representing the Jamiat-i-Islamiinfo-icon. “There are some other groups doing the same business in the government.”

She claimed the people of Afghanistan were not servants of Massoud to fight for him and destroy the country again. “National interest is more important than one’s personal interest,” she said.

Sahera Sharif, a lawmaker from Khost province, termed Massoud’s comments unjust and said: “Massoud’s comments have hurt people psychologically.”

She said Afghanistan was not the property of officials and they should not use it for their personal interest.

Humayon Humayon, Wolesi Jirga secretary, said: “The post of Ahmad Zia Massoud was created in line with the political agreement and he always criticized the government during his job and it was the president’s right to continue or scrap Massoud’s position.”

He asked Massoud not to warn the government and people as nobody could warn the state and the people.

Abdul Haq Zwakman, head of Helmand civil societyinfo-icon, said the law of the country had empowered the president to remove or appoint government officials.

Individuals who disagreed with the president’s decision considered themselves above the law, he added.



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