Taliban can’t capture more Bdakhshan districts: Police
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Police on Wednesday rejected the provincial Peace Committee’s claims that many districts could fall to the Taliban in northeastern Badakhshan province.
Deputy Police Chief Col. Sakhi Dad Haidari said police had not been defeated in the Yamgan district and they had staged a tactical retreat from their posts.
He said enough security forces had been deployed across the province and there was no chance of falling more districts to the insurgents.
His assurances come as Taliban militants have captured the Yamgan district.
The Peace Committee chief, Abdul Wahid Tayyibi, said if Taliban’s advance in Yamgan and Juram districts was not curtailed, they would also capture Khash, Baharak and Zebak districts.
He said the security situation in districts bordering Tajikistan could further deteriorate if the rebels were not defeated.
Tayyibi claimed more than 200 Taliban, including Chechen, Uzbek, Tajik and Pakistani, were fighting against security forces in Raghistan district and another 250 in Yamgan and Juram districts.
The former provincial council chief asked the government to pay special attention to security of the strategically important Badakhshan province.
He criticised the deployment of only 30 policemen in some districts to maintain the law and order situation.
Tayyibi claimed spy networks of regional countries were involved in fueling instability in Badakhshan.
The Taliban have intensified their attacks amid several rounds of informal talks between their and the Afghan representatives.
The latest informal talks between the two sides took place in Dubai and the Norwegian capital, Oslo.
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