CEO pledges army brigade to bolster Kunduz security
KUNDUZ (Pajhwok): Expressing concern over security situation in northern Kunduz, Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday an army brigade to be deployed to the province soon to beef up security of the volatile region.
Earlier in the day, Abdullah flew to Kunduz to assess security situation of the province for himself.
Abdul Malik Sediqi, deputy chairman Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), Lawmaker Mirwais Yasini and Fazel Ahmad Manawi, former head of Independent Election Commission (IEC) were accompanied the CEO.
Abdullah said the government was aware of security of Kunduz and would take initiatives to deploy new personnel to the province.
“Security situation of Kunduz is unacceptable. I will share this issue with the national security council to work out a strategy,” the CEO remarked.
He announced deployment of a new army brigade to the province to put an end to the force shortage.
Regarding people’s objections on government’s inability to improve law and order, he added: “We are inherited problems from the previous government and we are trying to ensure security and development.”
The CEO warned the local officials would be introduced to judicial organs if they neglected in their duties.
Kunduz Governor Mohammad Omar Safi told a meeting: “Kunduz has lack of security amid shortage of security forces.”
Currently, the province has only one brigade of Afghan National Army (ANA) that operated in and around the province.
Mohammad Yusuf Ayubi, provincial council head, regretted that civilians and military personnel had suffered casualties because of deteriorated security in the province.
He urged CEO to approve more troops for the province. The CEO is scheduled to speak later about the security of Kunduz.
Sayed Rahim, a local elder from Chardara, said more than 100 houses had been destroyed and thousands of people displaced due to fighting. “We were being hit both by the government and the Taliban,” he complained.
For over two weeks, Dasht-i-Archi district has fallen to insurgents but the government forces have retaken Chardara district.
In recent clashes, more than 220 civilians have been injured amid mass displacement due to insecurity.
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