Pact signed with Dand Ghori elders not Taliban: Ullumi
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ullomi on Wednesday clarified that the government had signed an agreement with people of Dand Ghori district of northern Baghlan province not with the Taliban there.
Ullomi, who met with family members of slain police officials in Kabul, said assisting families and children of martyred police officials and giving serious attention to the education of their children and future was a priority of the government and they were committed to taking measures for their wellbeing.
The interior minister said the Afghan national security forces enjoyed full cooperation of the masses and they would not allow terrorists to destroy peace and create chaos.
“We cannot bring peace if the conflict goes on. Those who recognise the Constitution and willing to shun violence are welcomed,” the minister said.
About a memorandum of understanding the Afghan government had signed with tribal elders in Dang Ghori district of Baghlan, the interior minister said the accord had been reached with the people of the area not with the insurgents.
“If the area people respected the Taliban flag, they would neither have approached the government nor signed the agreement,” he said.
Under the deal, Ullumi said the people of Dand Ghori area would maintain security of their areas themselves and would not allow the Taliban to disrupt the environment.
Earlier, some members of the Baghlan provincial council and residents had claimed the government gave away control of the area to the Taliban under the agreement.
But Border and Tribal Affairs Minister Mohammad Gulab Mangal, who headed the government delegation to the area, had said the agreement was signed with local tribal elders.
According to the pact, no attacks would be carried out in the area and if someone did so, local residents would standby security posts.
As part of the agreement, security forces would not arrest anyone without the permission of tribal elders.
Ullumi also talked about tight security measures put in place for Eid holidays.
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