Kajaki residents, forces face food, weapons shortage
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Security forces and residents of the Kajaki district of southern Helmand province on Monday complained they had run out of food and ammunitions due to the blockade of the main road by Taliban insurgents.
The local residents shared their concerns with visiting officials during a meeting in the district.
Afghan Local Police (ALP) commander Mohammad Yousaf said the Taliban could get control of the Kajaki Dam and some areas if the security organs neglected the district’s security situation.
The main Kajaki road had been blocked by insurgents for the last one month, resulting in shortage of ammunitions for security forces and food items for local residents, he said.
“We do not demand financial assistance from the governor and other officials concerned, but the road’s reopening to get food items, weapons and ammunitions for soldiers and easily shift our wounded personnel to hospitals,” the ALP commander said.
Haji Naik Mohammad, the Kajaki social council head, confirmed the shortage of ammunitions and food items. He said a 50-kg sack of flour price had increased to 16,000 Pakistani rupees, which was beyond the purchasing power of the poor.
“The law and order situation has gone from bad to worse in the district and the number of pro-government families is around 1100 living in district bazaar.”
Mohammad suggested the government should focus on security of the district since Daesh and Taliban jointly fought against it.
Tribal elder Haji Saleh Muhammad said they would fight alongside security forces till their last breath. “But we ask the government to provide food to our children and women.”
He said armed possessed more and heavy weapons than security forces and they could create problems anytime.
Helmand police chief Maj. Gen Nabi Jan Mulakhail confirmed security forces faced problems in the district and assured the Taliban would not be able get control of the Kajaki Dam.
He said security forces had devised a plan to reopen the road and reinforcements had reached the district.
Maj Gen Dadan Lawang, the 215 military cops commander in Helmand, said the Taliban militants were not as strong as propagated. “We will foil all their plots and plans.”
Governor Merza Khan Rahimi said he would develop a plan for improvement in security and reopening of the road. Some Taliban militants used Daesh name and had initiated their activities against the government, he added.
Kajaki is 115 km north of Lashkargah, the provincial. It shares boundaries with Uruzgan and Kandahar provinces. The Kajaki dam is also situated in the district.
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