More Badghis districts under serious security threat: MP
KABUL (Pajhwok): Following the fall of Jawand district to Taliban, a member of parliament has warned that a number of other districts in western Badghis province are under looming insurgents’ threats.
Dozens of western Badghis residents on Monday staged protest in Kabul, demanding immediate sacking of provincial authorities for failing to ensure security.
The residents joined by civil society activists and lawmakers staged rally in Pashtunistan square in front of Presidential Palace and sought immediate removal of governor and police chief.
Jawand district of Badghis fell to Taliban insurgents on Sunday night and security forces had reportedly retreated to west of the district. Officials said fresh troops had been deployed to the district to drive out insurgents.
Abdul Rahim, lawmaker from Badghis who had taken part in the rally, told Pajhwok Afghan News Jawand district was entirely controlled by insurgents and security situation in Moqor, Aab Kamari, and Bala Murghab were also deteriorating.
“I think a deal had been struck. The district chief and police chief had hand in the fall of the district,” he claimed.
He accused the governor and police chief of negligence to bolster security. “We want security and change. We want the governor and police chief sacked.”
Abdul Basir Osmani, a civil society activist, said the government should take serious measure to ensure security in the province. He was also of the opinion that authorities should be dismissed.
In today’s Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament session, lawmakers from Badghis expressed concerns about security in the province.
“If they don’t act seriously more districts tend to be controlled by rebels,” said Abdul Rahim, a lawmaker.
Safia Aimaq, another lawmaker, said: “Earlier, we had informed the interior minister and other officials about Taliban’s gathering in Jawand district but nobody paid attention.”
She said more than 500 insurgents had presence in the district threatening other parts of the province.
Maj. Gen. Taj Mohammad Mujahid, commander of the 207th Zafar Military Corps, said a contingent of Afghan National Army (ANA) had been sent to Jawand district through air and have set up their posts.
He added those troops that were surrounded by insurgents had also joined the fresh forces.
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