Gigantic anti-rebels operation being launched in south
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Afghan security forces were all set to launch a six-month joint military operation code named “Zaffar” to ensure government writ and flush out militants from southern provinces of the country, security officials said on Thursday.
Afghan National Army (ANA), Afghan National police, Afghan Local Police (ALP), border police and public order police would take part in the offensive in southern Kandahar, Uruzgan and Zabul provinces.
The governors, provincial police chief of the provinces, Directors of National Directorate of Security (NDS) and heads of other departments concerned of the three provinces decided in the joint meeting chaired by 205 military corps.
Kandahar Governor Dr. Humayun Azizi said that coordination among security forces were of paramount importance before initiating the offensive in the provinces.
The operation should be intelligence based rather than ground battle to avoid casualties among security forces, he said, suggesting equipping security check posts with weapons well before initiating the operation.
Azizi also asked security organs to strengthen intelligence to establish security which would be really a creative task. He also emphasized strong government write at district level for bridging the gaps between government and masses.
Gen. Abdul Razziq, Kandahar police chief, said security organs had close coordination and police, ALP and border police had initiated operations on bordering districts while the military operation would be initiated with complete support of public order police and ANA in other areas.
He specifically mentioned that they would examine Zabul check posts which had been established ten year ago. He also ensured that security organs would strengthen districts which had been under Taliban attacks for long time to avoid threats of falling them to Taliban.
Zabul Governor Anwar Ishaqzai said peace and stability could only be achieved with provision of justice and developing close relations of officials with community. Security should not be considered as sole responsibility of security organs but “we should change the nature, attitude of people towards security.”
Brig. Gen. Mirwais Noorzai, Zabul police chief, said he developed and improved coordination with security institutions and introduced reforms to improve security in the province since he took responsibility as police chief.
Law and order in several districts and main Kabul-Kandahar highway had been improved, he remarked.
Noorzai expressed optimism that Zaffar operation would help improve security and bring reforms to security organs in the province.
Governor of Uruzgan and police provincial chief also called Zaffar military operation important to ensure stability in southern zone since Taliban attacks have been increased in the province.
The governor and police chief suggested focusing on the district which shared borders with Helmand province.
Gen. Dawood Shah Wafadar, the 205 military corps commander, said military operation would play pivotal role to improve law and order in southern zone.
He ensured that offensive would be launched with close coordination among security organs. The main aim of the operation was to wipe out Taliban from areas, he said.
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