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Stop Using WJ Vehicle Plates: VP Saleh Asks Lawmakers

Kabul (BNA) First Vice-President Amrullah Saleh said yesterday that vehicles with Wolesi Jirga written on their number plates should be stopped with immediate effect.

VP Saleh, who is also in charge of Kabul security, said in his yesterday 6:30 am report at that least 155 vehicles had received such plates from the Ministry of Interior. He wrote on his Facebook Page that there was information the Taliban and Islamic State (locally known as Daesh) might get fake plates and would create a disaster.

VP Saleh asked members of parliament not to travel in vehicles having number plate of Wolesi Jirga.

Earlier, some lawmakers said that about 3,000 plates for Wolesi Jirga (WJ) vehicles were being used illegally by some people, which had caused concerns.

Meanwhile the first Vice President Amrullah Saleh has apologized to the residents of Kabul for the inconvenience caused after roads were closed on Sunday night around the Intercontinental Hotel where his son’s wedding was being held.

The closure of roads, which caused major traffic disruption in areas around the hotel sparked a furious backlash from the public on social media.

On Monday, VP Saleh apologized on his Facebook page and said: “I did not give any direct or indirect instructions to any security agency to close [roads]. Anyway, even if these reports have caused the slightest damage to your peace of mind, I apologize to every person.”

Angry residents posted on social media that the reason for the road closures had been due to his son’s wedding, but VP Saleh said this was not the case and roads were closed following the explosion targeting MP Khan Mohammad Wardak earlier in the day.

“When I asked about the story [closure of roads], they [officials] said that after the explosion that targeted MP Khan Mohammad Wardak, some of the roads were closed and traffic was disrupted,” VP Saleh said. He did however acknowledge that there had been a wedding.

“We had a party at the Intercontinental Hotel but did not block the road in any way. Some of our guests were high-ranking government officials and if they closed the roads I apologize again.” VP Saleh said.

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