Anti-Taliban group in Paktia seeks govt support
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): An anti-Taliban group in the Rabat locality on the outskirts of Gardez, the capital of southeastern Paktia province, on Saturday urged the government to assist it in the fight against militants.
Sultankhel, deputy commander of an anti-Taliban tribal militia, told Pajhwok Afghan News that they had been waging a struggle against the insurgents but needed government’s assistance in purging their area of fighters.
Some members of groups visited the provincial council headquarters late on Friday and asked the public representatives to contact higher authorities for equipping and arming them.
“We will fight till our last breath against the armed insurgents if the government extends us a helping hand,” said Sultankhel, who demanded weapons and ammunition.
He said residents of the area decided to rise against the insurgents after they killed eight noted tribal elders and some professional individuals.
Provincial council chairman Sardar Khan Mangalzai agreed the uprising members were in need of assistance, saying he would discuss the issue with relevant state institutions. At meetings with security organs, a solution to the problem would be urged.
Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.