Security situation in south remains fragile: MP
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): A lawmaker on Thursday said security in southern provinces remained fragile due to rivalries between government officials and lack of coordination among security forces.
Hamidzai Lalai, a Wolesi Jirga member from Kandahar, was talking to reporters on his return from an official trip to southern Zabul, central Uruzgan and southern Helmand provinces.
He said he traveled to these provinces in order to strengthen coordination among local officials, provincial councils, the Wolesi Jirga and the central government.
He said the security situation of Kandahar province was better compared to Helmand, Uruzgan and Zabul provinces, where some districts had fallen to to insurgents and others in danger of falling.
He said people in border districts lacked access to education, health and other facilities.Even a kilometer away from district centres, some areas were controlled by insurgents, posing a big threat to the government, he said.
“If the central government doesn’t bring fundamental changes to the situation of the three southern provinces, the security situation would go out of control,” he warned.
Lalai said 13 provincial departments in Uruzgan were headed by acting directors and the appointment of people in the local police force from other areas had created disputes among local residents.
He said the government was paying no attention to Uruzgan and security forces in the southern provinces lacked government support.
Regarding the security in Zabul, he said, minor changes had come to the situation there, but six districts were under threat from the Taliban.
He said local people complained him that irresponsible powerful men interfered in the affairs of government institutions and appointments were being made on the basis of relations and nepotism.
The MP called the security situation in Helmand as “very serious” saying six northern districts had already been captured by militants and some others town were on the verge of being captured.
The lack of coordination among officials and security forces and problems like drugs, rivalries and others problems had disrupted the security of the province, he continued.
Instead of paying attention to the security of Helmand, he said, local officials were trying to make friendship drug smugglers to earn money, he said.
“Both militants and security officials want to be supported by drugs smugglers,” he said.
Real influential figures were granted no chance to influence militants and they could not contact officials, he said, adding he would share the problems with the Wolesi Jirga administrative board and the committee of panel heads.
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