MoI should not close Abdali cell file: MP
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 15: The Interior Ministry should not close the Abdali cell file until the arrest of those waiting for zero hour to carry out terrorist attacks in the country, because the confiscation of a large quantity of weapons confirmed that the group does not consist of only 14 people, says MP Khalid Al-Otaibi. Speaking to reporters at the Parliament on Tuesday, Al-Otaibi pointed out the quantity of confiscated weapons matches that of a military arsenal – 19,000 kilos of ammunition, 144 kilograms of TNT and highly explosive P-4, 65 various types of weapons, 3 RPGs, 65 RPG launchers, and 204 grenades and electric detonators among others. He said this is the largest in the history of Kuwait; hence, it is impossible that only 14 people are involved.
He added, “For me, those who have yet to be identified are more important, not those who have been arrested, because the danger posed by those arrested is limited. We praise the Interior Ministry and it deserves commendation for arresting the fugitives.” However, he was quick to clarify that this commendation does not mean closing the file, as the ministry must reach those waiting for the zero hour.
He asserted the real work of the ministry has started and the issue should be resolved for those who intended or intending to participate in the terrorist operation. He added, “Our hands are open and extended to the ministry. We will not restrict them in taking measures to maintain stability of the country.” He affirmed the lawmakers will fully support the ministry in taking security action in accordance with the law and the Constitution.
Meanwhile, MP Askar Al-Anazi has submitted a proposal on granting rent allowance to Kuwaiti women married to non-Kuwaitis, provide social assistance from the Ministry of Social Affairs, and pay rent for divorced Kuwaiti women and widows who do not own houses. He explained some Kuwaiti women are suffering because they have been deprived of their rights and they are not treated like their male counterparts in some aspects, although the Constitution stipulates equal rights and duties for men and women.
Furthermore, MP Majed Al-Mutairi has proposed establishment of specialized universities in the six governorates, giving priority to rare and vital fields of specialization. He said this should be accompanied with a media awareness campaign to encourage Kuwaiti youths to specialize in fields that the State needs. He also emphasized the importance of developing the educational system to ensure “high quality” of outputs, as well as focusing on human resource development which is essential for the advancement of a nation and its people.
By Abubakar A. Ibrahim
Arab Times Staff