Ghazni ready for security transition: Farahi
GHAZNI CITY (PAN): The southern province of Ghazni is ready for security transition from foreign soldiers to Afghan security forces, the head of the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) said on Wednesday.
Speaking at a news conference in Ghazni City, the provincial capital, Abdul Khaliq Farahi, said the aim of his visit was to assess the overall security sitaution. After meeting local officials and foreign troops, he said Ghazni was prepared for the security switch.
Asked about problems between the Governor's House and the provincial council, Farahi said he had no information on the issue. District councils are blamed for failing to perform their duties.
The security switch was an imminent issue and Afghan forces were ready to take over Ghazni City, said the provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Zarawar Zahid.
Afghan troops, if equipped with modern weapons, were able to provide security, said the 203rd Thunder Military Corps commander, Brig. Gen. Dawood Shah Wafadar. Half of the troops were using weapons seized from insurgents, he added.
However, the deputy head of the provincial council, Amanullah Kamranai, said Afghan forces in Ghazni were not ready for the security handover. Until 2013, the security of Ghazni should be joinly maintained by national and NATO-led forces, he suggested.
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