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Afghan Newspapers Back Security Pact with U.S.Salem-News.com
Iran and Pakistan are against inking security pact between Kabul and Washington, believing that U.S. bases in Afghanistan threaten national security.
(KABUL Xinhua) - Afghan newspapers on Monday expressed support for the proposed security pact known as Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States. "Inking security agreement between Afghanistan and the United States of America would not pose any security threat to the neighboring countries; rather helps to have long-term U.S. support which is necessary for having viable security in the country," the daily Etilaatroz writes in its editorial.
According to the paper, Afghanistan's neighboring states particularly Iran and Pakistan are against inking security pact between Kabul and Washington, believing that U.S. military bases in Afghanistan would threat their national security.
It also added that "Afghanistan as an independent country has the right to sign strategic agreement with any nation and no neighboring state can dictate Afghanistan to do so or not to do".
Meanwhile, a number of senators in Mushrano Jirga or the Upper House of Afghan parliament have expressed opposition to inking BSA with Washington, local newspaper reported.
A member of Mushrano Jirga, Abdul Wali Raji, has said that he would not attend the consultative Loya Jirga or the traditional tribal assembly to discuss BSA, saying "endorsing security pact"is tantamount to selling country.
Another senator Bulqis Roshan has also termed inking the proposed BSA as a mistake and opposed it.
The consultative Loya Jirga or grand assembly of tribal elders, notables and government functionaries is due to be held amid tight security with the participation of some 3,000 people Thursday.
The daily Hasht-e-Subh is another newspaper that backed BSA and an article published on Monday's edition termed the concerns of certain neighboring states over inking BSA as illogic, adding inking BSA is essential for the interests of the people and government of Afghanistan. "Some Afghan experts and certain political circles that are against inking BSA with Washington should prefer national interest to the personal one and realize that inking security pact with U.S. means continuation of international community's support to Afghanistan," Hasht-e-Subh observed in the article.
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