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PublishDate: Saturday, January 11, 2014 20:21

Loya Jirga decision on Afghan-US deal should not be held hostage: MPs

President Karzai insists that the pact will not be signed unless practical steps are not taken to start peace talks with the militant groups, and coalition forces stop raids on Afghan homes.

The Afghan lawmakers on Saturday said that the decision of the consultative Loya Jirga on Afghan-US security agreement should not be held hostage, and the pact should be finalized soon. 

The lawmakers fear that the situation in Afghanistan could turn similar to Iraq, if the bilateral security agreement with Washington is not signed on time, which will lead to complete withdrawal of US and NATO troops from the country. 

An Afghan lawmaker, Nilofar Ibrahimi said the Afghan parliament should step in to interfere and finalize the issue, since the bilateral security agreement is vital for the country, and decision of the consultative Loya Jirga can not be held hostage. 

This comes as Afghan president Hamid Karzai refused to sign the agreement despite the pact was approved by majority during the consultative Loya Jirga. 

President Karzai insists that the pact will not be signed unless practical steps are not taken to start peace talks with the militant groups, and coalition forces stop raids on Afghan homes. 

A number of lawmakers also said that the bilateral security agreement should be finalized before the upcoming elections, as the issue of the security agreement will be used by candidates for their campaigns in elections, which will force Washington to support certain candidates. 

The lawmakers also expressed concerns regarding the release of prisoners from Bagram prison, and insisted that cases of detainees who are marked as dangerous by US officials, should be referred to judiciary institutions for further investigation.
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