Hamdard views foreign troops' exit positive
KABUL (PAN): The governor of southeastern Paktia province on Thursday said the withdrawal of most of combat foreign troops by the end of 2014 from Afghanistan would positively impact the country's overall security situation.
Juma Khan Hamdard, who held a meeting with a UN representative Mark Bardan was of the view that foreign troops' exit would yield positive results with regard to maintaining security, calling the on-track security transition a major achievement for the Afghan government.
Gubernatorial spokesman Rohullah Samoon told Pajhwok Afghan News that the governor was optimistic about future scenario, believing the insurgents would be left with no justification to continue the war once foreigners left.
He quoted Hamdard as arguing that local forces had the ability to keep security for Paktia in cooperation with tribesmen and former mujahiddin.
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