Insecurity growing in north, northeast, claim public reps
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Provincial council members from northern and northeastern provinces on Tuesday asked the government to pay attention to the deteriorating security situation in their regions.
The public representatives held a gathering in the provincial council office in Faizabad, the capital of northeastern Badakhshan province.
Officials from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Regional Cooperation for Development (RCD) were also present on the occasion.
Abdullah Naji Nazari, the Badakhshan provincial council head, said they were concerned about the growing insecurity in much of the country.
Other provincial council members cited insufficient security personnel and the appointment of incompetent individuals as the main reasons behind the growing insecurity in the northern zone.
The public representatives asked the officials concerned to establish another military corps in northern Kunduz province because the one stationed in Balkh could not meet security challenges in the north and northeastern zones.
They said a majority of the Afghans opposed the Taliban and the government should get maximum benefit from their support.
The gathering issued a statement that called the death of Taliban’s leader Mullah Mohammad Omar as an opportunity for the Afghan government to attract the rebels toward peace talks and ensure that durable peace prevailed in the country.
The people’s representatives also condemned the Taliban new leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour for insisting on continuation of the war in his maiden audio message after being elected as the Taliban supremo. They urged the Taliban to join the peace process and end the bloodshed and destruction.
Mohammad Ayub Khairandish, the Balkh provincial council head, said: “Those who want to take the war from the south to the north belong to regional spy agencies but our top government officials are reluctant to prevent the situation.”
He said local governance was weak and people were dissatisfied with local officials. For instance, he said, in a district of Balkh province one person had been ruling for the last 13 years.
Mohammad Yousuf Ayubi, Kunduz provincial council chief, said the Kunduz police chief and the National Directorate of Security chief were sacked after the security situation in the province deteriorated in the last six months. But the governor who was also to be blamed for the situation still continued his job, he said.
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