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Chaos in Afghan Parliament; Session Ends in Vain

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(Last Updated On: October 25, 2017)

The Lower House of Parliament Wednesday session ended without any result after a member of parliament tried to physically assault another colleague.

An Afghan parliamentarian accused Parliament Deputy Speaker, Hamayoun Hamayoun, that he has searched the parliament TV studio during the night by misusing his authorities.

“The parliament has lost its safety. Last night at 11pm the House was searched by deputy speaker and MP Lali. They have given money to some employees,” claimed lawmaker Gul Pacha Majeedi.

But Mr. Hamayoun refused the allegations, saying the TV broadcasting was disrupted by the order the parliament secretariat and he went to the studio for that reason.

“I went to the Wolesi Jirga (the lower house of parliament) TV at 11pm after the broadcasting stopped, but no illegal action happened,” he said,” nothing was picked up from the archive and no money was distributed.”

MP Lali who was accused of distributing money tried to physically assault MP Majeedi, who is representing people of Kabul, but some representatives intervened.

Meanwhile, some lawmakers harshly criticized the accusations and violence broke out in the House, saying we cannot accept disrespect to the “Nation House” anymore.

“Disrespecting is not tolerable anymore. They are playing with our dignity every day. Those who are having internal issues must solve their problems as soon as possible and should not play with the nation’s House dignity anymore,” MP Abdul Qayoum representing Ghazni province said.

This comes as earlier MP Hamayoun accused the parliament’s speaker, Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, and the head of parliament secretariat, Khodai Nazar Nusrat for being corrupt. Today, some lawmakers urged the parliament’s speaker and deputy speaker to step down.

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Grand assembly to discuss ways to improve economic, social conditions: Hanafi

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The grand assembly of religious scholars, scheduled to begin Thursday, is expected to discuss ways to improve economic and social conditions, Abdul Salam Hanafi, deputy prime minister of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) said on Wednesday.

Hanafi said people from various ethnic groups and with different views will sit for discussion, which is a positive step in maintaining stability and strengthening national unity in the country.

 “After years, Afghans from various sections and ethnic groups and with different views sit with each other for discussion without foreign interference,” Hanafi said in an interview to RTA. “It is in itself a positive and valuable step for maintaining stability and strengthening national unity.”

He said that more than 3,000 people will participate in the gathering under the mega Loya Jirga tent in Kabul.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the IEA, also said that the gathering will be held under tight security measures.

He said that all technical preparations have been finalized and there will be several committees discussing key issues.

It will be the largest gathering in Kabul after the IEA took over in August last year. 

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Two political figures and one doctor return to country 

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Following the efforts of the Contact Commission with Afghan Personalities, Hasibullah Kalimzai, a former Senate member, General Habibullah Ahmadzai, an ex-advisor to President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Wardak, one of the country’s medical specialists, returned to Afghanistan on Wednesday.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (IEA) leaders said Wednesday that attempts are underway to make many other political figures return home.

In the meantime, returnees have expressed their satisfaction at making this decision.  

Kalimzai said he returned to the country after the commission’s call, adding that one of his wishes is to see the reopening of girls’ schools. 

“All women and girls should have equal rights to go to school, and I will continue my political activities; this is my homeland,” he added. 

Likewise, Habibullah Ahmadzai, an ex-advisor to Ghani, said that if the leaders of the former government had listened to his advice, the situation in the country would have been different.

He said: “If they (leaders of the former regime) had listened to what we had said, there would have been no problem, and now that we have arrived, we have returned home with the intention of cooperating with the Islamic Emirate.”

Meanwhile, dozens of Afghan political figures have returned to the country after the establishment of the Commission for Contact with Personalities and have been warmly welcomed by the Islamic Emirate.

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Afghan acting FM heads to Doha for talks with US

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Amir Khan Muttaqi, acting foreign minister of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), on Tuesday left Kabul for Doha for talks with US officials.

Officials from the ministry of finance and Da Afghanistan Bank, the country’s central, bank is accompanying Muttaqi in the visit.

Hafiz Zia Ahmad, deputy spokesman for the Afghan foreign ministry, said that the delegation will meet with the US special envoy for Afghanistan and officials from the US Department of the Treasury.

He said that political, economic and banking issues will be discussed in the meeting.

This comes as the Washington Post reported on Tuesday that US officials are working with IEA leadership on a mechanism to allow Afghanistan’s government to use its central bank reserves to deal with a server hunger crisis, aiming to avert a humanitarian disaster.

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