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Lawmaker: Afghans wary of pact with US that gives up jurisdiction over American soldiers

  • Afghan men walk on a closed highway, normally busy with traffic, after army and police blocked the main route leading to the area where the Loya Jirga will take place later this week in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. Thousands of prominent Afghans are scheduled to meet in the Afghan capital to debate a contentious security agreement with the United States.  (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

    Afghan men walk on a closed highway, normally busy with traffic, after army and police blocked the main route leading to the area where the Loya Jirga will take place later this week in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. Thousands of prominent Afghans are scheduled to meet in the Afghan capital to debate a contentious security agreement with the United States. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)  (The Associated Press)

  • A convoy of Afghan soldiers moves into the area where the Loya Jirga will take place later this week in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 as security stepped up after a blast on Nov. 16, 2013. Thousands of prominent Afghans are scheduled to meet in the Afghan capital to debate a contentious security agreement with the United States. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

    A convoy of Afghan soldiers moves into the area where the Loya Jirga will take place later this week in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 as security stepped up after a blast on Nov. 16, 2013. Thousands of prominent Afghans are scheduled to meet in the Afghan capital to debate a contentious security agreement with the United States. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)  (The Associated Press)

An Afghan lawmaker says President Hamid Karzai's promise that American soldiers who stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014 cannot be tried in local courts has caused uproar in Parliament.

According to emerging details of the U.S.-Afghan security pact, the United States will maintain exclusive legal jurisdiction over U.S. troops and contractors in Afghanistan after 2014.

Lawmaker Shah Gul Rezayee told The Associated Press that Afghan lawmakers were briefed by the country's security adviser about the concession, which was made public by Congressional aides in Washington.

The accord is to be debated at a gathering of 3,000 influential Afghan figures later this week, the so-called Loya Jirga, a traditional means of consultations. The final authority rests with Parliament.

Scores of demonstrators protested the deal Tuesday in eastern Nangarhar's provincial capital of Jalalabad.