‘President orders raids widened in Nangarhar
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has ordered police to widen the scope of security operations against miscreants in eastern Nangarhar province in the wake of recent terrorist attacks, the police chief said on Sunday.
Fazal Ahmad Sherzad told Pajhwok Afghan News President Ghani during his recent visit to Nangarhar had told him to step up search operations against miscreants in Jalalabad, the provincial capital.
The president also ordered security institutions not to allow illegal weapons and the movement of unregistered vehicles in the province, he said.
Sherzad said police had increased patrols and had launched operations in some areas, confiscating a number of illegal weapons and unregistered vehicles.
Meanwhile, sources said President Ghani had tasked Nangarhar’s deputy governor Mohammad Hanif Gardiwal to observe the performance of provincial departments and keep reporting to the Presidential Palace.
There was no direct comment from either side about the president’s orders to the provincial administration, but a statement from the governor’s house said Gardwial held meetings with departmental heads on major problems being faced by the people of Nangarhar in compliance with directives from President Ghani.
Gardiwal told the meetings that it was the president’s desire to identify problems and explore ways how to resolve them, the statement said.
Burhanullah, a resident of Jalalabad, said police had intensified search operations against militants and had established new check-posts.
He praised the president’s decision of having a check and balance system. The resident added such steps could help ensure good governance and improve the law and order situation.
President Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah visited Nangarhar on Thursday to offer condolences to families of the victims of a devastating suicide bomb attack in front of a Kabul Bank branch.
The two leaders also met with provincial officials, tribal elders and other officials and discussed with them problems facing the people of Nangarhar.
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