Gen. Dostum should lead Kunduz war: residents
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Hundreds of residents on Thursday gathered outside the governor’s office in northern Kunduz province, urging the government to send Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum to the province to lead anti-insurgent operations.
Dostum, the first vice-president, last month travelled to northern Faryab province with 2000 security forces, clearing Qaisar and Almar districts of insurgents.
He said if sent to any province, he was ready either to force insurgents into joining the peace process or defeat them.
Hundreds of Kunduz residents, who gathered in front of the Governor’s House, accused the government of indifference towards security.
Zabit Azizullah, an elder from the gathering, said months had passed since some areas in the province fell to the Taliban, but the government was yet to come up with a decisive action to regain the lost areas.
He urged the government to send Gen. Dostum to lead the war in Kunduz and clear the province of insurgents like Faryab and Sar-i-Pul.
Abdul Ali, a former jihadi commander, said Taliban and Daesh controlled most of the areas in the province and the government should take a decision in this regard soon.
“It’s now more than five months Kunduz is burning in the conflict. Since the past more than three months, Dasht-i-Archi and parts of Qala-e-Zal, Chardara and Khan Abad are in control of the Taliban,” he added.
Mohammad Yousuf Ayubi, the provincial council head, said thousands of families displaced by the conflict and instability had moved to Kunduz City, where they lived a life full of miseries.
Apart from suffering casualties by both security forces and insurgents, more than 20,000 families have been displaced. The uprooted families have been living in rented houses, with relatives and under the open skies.
The provincial council head said it was difficult for local forces to regain the lost areas. “Unless high-ranking officials from the centre don’t take part in these operations, no development can be witnessed given the lack of coordination among security organs.”
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