Taliban closing in on Burka district of Baghlan
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): The Burka district in northern Baghlan province is facing security threats amid residents complained Taliban extorted money and tortured people in some areas.
Burka is located in 150-kilometres northeast of Pul-i-Khumri, the provincial capital, and bordering Ashkamesh district of Takhar province and Ali Abad district of Kunduz province.
Local residents say this year security has deteriorated and the government has paid less heed to their well-being. Provincial council members also warned without government’s attention the district would fall to insurgents.
Mohammad Hanif Kohgaday, provincial council member, said Taliban were not only active in some villages of Burka district, but had also asked local residents to take up arms against the government.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News Taliban were preaching to local people through mosques where their voices could easily be heard in the district centre but the government still hasn’t taken action.
He said Taliban were half kilometres away from the district centre. Kohgaday said the government should respond as to how insurgents had closed in so much on the district. He warned without due attention the district would fall soon.
Qari Qudratullah Wafa, former provincial council member, said Taliban’s activities had intensified in the district over the past one month. He said Taliban extorted money from the residents and had become stronger more than ever.
Ergish, a resident of Burka, said Taliban had regularly announced to people to join them in their fight against government.
Brig. Gen. Abdul Jabar Pordeli, Baghlan police chief, said earlier Taliban had presence in some areas of the district but now the situation was stable.
He said security threats were up to 60 per cent and they were working on plans to eradicate all security threats.
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