Outside support prolonging insurgency: Ulumi
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ulumi on Thursday said doing away with the insecurity in Afghanistan did not require the presence of foreign troops, but their assistance.
Ulumi, who arrived in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province to assess the security situation here, told reporters that the insurgents were helpless when they faced Afghan security forces.
The minister said support for insurgents from centres outside the country was the main factor prolonging the conflict in Afghanistan.
In a reference to northern Kunduz and northeastern Badakhshan provinces where insecurity has recently increased, Ulumi said operations had been launched to vanquish the enemy across the country.
“We are confident as our operations are serious and comprehensive that the armed opponents will be eliminated across the country by the end of this solar year.”
He said corruption also contributed to insecurity and smuggling of arms, drugs and kidnappings remained major income generating sources for insurgents. Efforts against these sources were ongoing, he added.
Ulumi said the security organs were more equipped this year than the previous year and their numbers had also increased.
However, it was possible the Afghan forces might need sometimes support from foreign troops, he said, but added: “Afghan forces do not need the presence of foreign troops, but they need their assistance.”
The interior minister urged the Afghans to support their national security forces against the armed opposition, saying without their support, the Afghan forces would not be able to defeat the enemy.
Earlier, Ulumi visited northern Faryab province where he discussed with local civil and military officials issues concerning security.
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