Helmand fighting being directed from Pakistan: Gen. Raziq
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Gen. Abdul Raziq, police chief, of southern Kandahar province said that the ongoing fight in southern Helmand province was being steered and directed from Pakistan.
Some days back, militants had too control of Nawzad district of Helmand province for briefly but Afghan forces led by Kandahar Police Chief Gen. Raziq retook control of the district center.
During a press conference in Lashkargah, the capital of Helmand, Gen. Raziq said that the battle in the province was directed by Pakistan.
All the equipments and weapons have brought from Pakistan to militants and they had directions from Pakistan to fight in Helmand province, he alleged. Helmand people are not involved in the violence and they do not like fighting.
The residents and security officials of Nawzad and some other districts have expressed their concerns and demanded that their reservations be shared with the cenral government, he added.
The major problems Helmand people were facing with the shortage of security personnel and equipments and lack of financial support, Raziq informed.
He blamed the government for paying no attention to improve law and order in Helmand province. Absence of security forces from duties and not filling the positions fell vacant in the wake of murdered soldiers were other problems being faced by the government in Helmand, he added.
Some security officials and militants, he said were involved in drug trafficking and extraction of natural resources, he said, demanding the government to deploy Afghan Local Police (ALP) to all districts of Helmand.
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