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Unknown choppers dropped weapons to Taliban: MPs

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“The Internal Security Committee of the Wolesi Jirga was directed to summon concerned security officials for explanation”

Abdul ZuhoorQayomi-KABUL: The Wolesi Jirga (WJ) or the Lower House of the Parliament on Wednesday called on the concerned security departments to probe into the reports of dropping of weapons by unidentified aircrafts to the Taliban insurgents in Baghlan province.

A lawmaker from Baghlan, Delawar Aimaq said that unidentified aircrafts dropped weapons to the Taliban insurgents in Baghlan province, which shows the Taliban, have run out of weapons and someone is there who is equipping them to fight against Afghan security forces.

He termed the agreement between Afghan local elders and the government an effective step, particularly to keep Baghlan-Mazar-e-Sharif highway that goes through Dahan-e-Ghori, open.

He that Baghlan must be cleared of militants as they are a biggest security threat.

“Dade-e-Ghori of Baghlan is now turning into a haven for the militants. They have become powerful to the extent that they are building their offices with the support of Pakistan’s military,” he said. Aimaq demanded of the President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive, Abdullah Abdullah to take the issue seriously.

Another lawmaker from Baghlan, Muhammad Azem Muhseni told Afghanistan Times that besides Baghlan the unidentified aircrafts also rained dropped weapons in other parts of the northern provinces. “The weapons are aimed to be used against Afghan security forces in the battleground,” he said.

He said that the aircrafts not only dropped weapons, but also took the injured Taliban insurgents to hospitals. He said anybody who wants to confirm the news they must go and ask Baghlanis as most of them know about it.

He also claimed the aircrafts have dropped weapons to the Taliban in Badakhshan province via Shah-e-Salem, a bordering area.

Replying to a query he said that Afghan security forces have confirmed the report and said that the unidentified aircrafts introduced as Red Crescent choppers for transferring wounded Afghan security forces, were used for dropping the weapons.

However, Shukria Esakhail, an MP from Baghlan without giving further details, denied that unidentified choppers had rained weapons down on the militants.

Moreover, the Wolesi Jirga Speaker, Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi directed Internal Security Committee (ISC) of Wolesi Jirga to summon the concerned officials to appear before lawmakers for explanation.

He furthered that such claims were also made during the government of former President Hamid Karzai, and this house summoned the concerned security officials for explanation.

Despite many attempts, Afghanistan Times Daily couldn’t pick the brain of security officials on the topic.