Locals complain about growing insecurity in Nangarhar
JALALABAD(PAN): People from five districts of eastern Nangarhar province are complaining about increasing insecurity, creating problems for school and government officials.
Security has recently deteriorated in the Chaparhar, Khogyani, Sherzad, Pachir Agam and Batikot districts of the province.
A tribal elder from Khogyani district, Malak Zaman, told Pajhwok Afghan News he was injured in a militant attack, he therefore had shifted his family to Jalalabad.
An influential figure from Chaparhar district, Maulvi Abas, criticized the police for their misbehaviour with residents, contributing to insurgents’ strength and local government’s weakness.
“The militant became stronger than before because of poor governance, rampant corruption, lack of professionals and central government’s attention to local institutions and insufficient police force in the district,” he said.
Lack of government’s heed to people’s rights, no fulfillment of promises by officials and non-availability of reconstruction and development projects widened the gap between the government and public, said tribal elder Mohammad Aman, the head of Khogyani tribal solidarity council.
Batikot is located on Jalalabad-Torkham highway, where militants increasingly attack convoys of security personnel, Najibullah Hashimzada, a resident of the district, said.
The insurgents were active in the district, he said, adding they even beat a spiritual leader, who had performed the funeral pray for an Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier.
The district officials attribute insecurity and instability to inadequate security forces and equipment in their districts.
To improve security situation, helicopters were required to be employed during operations against the militants, Sherzad district chief Mirza Mohammad Nasrat said.
Religious leaders, tribal elders and other influential figures should be convinced to cooperate with the government in maintaining security, he added.
Chaparhar district chief Moalim Mashuq suggested security checkpoints be set up every two kilometres to prevent militant assaults.
He added rebels from other areas were coming to district for disruptive activities and then flee to other areas using motorcycles.
There were many residents of the province directly involved or facilitating insurgents in disruptive activities, governor’s spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said.
“Some elements want to disrupt security for reaching their vicious goals, including poppy cultivation,” Abdulzai added.
“Local government officials are holding meetings with tribal elders and security forces to restore peace to the area,” he said.
The insecurity was caused by improper policies and foreign interference, said former Pachir Agam district chief and tribal elder Malak Naseer.
Sher Alam Amlawal, a political analyst and lecturer at the Law and Political Science Faculty of Aryana University in Jalalabad, said appointments on basis of relations and lack of modern equipment with security forces were the major reasons for insecurity.
He added non-availability of coordination between the Afghan government and NATO-led troops as well as interference of the Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency contributed to instability in the province.
Eastern Border Police Commander Brig. Gen. Aminullah Amarkhel said the Ministry of Interior planned to deploy a battalion of 460 border police to Khogyani, Sherzad and Pachir Agam.
A hundred policemen were dispatched to Khogyani and the nearby mountainous districts to expand their checkposts to areas where security threat was high, he added.
The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) press office in the east said international and Afghan forces had increased their joint patrols in the districts and were working together to ensure security.
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