Fall of Kunduz City part of a big plot, believe experts
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some political analysts on Tuesday alleged the fall of Kunduz City, the capital of northern Kunduz province, into the hands of Taliban insurgents was a conspiracy involving local commanders.
Hundreds of Taliban militants attacked the strategic city on the night between Sunday and Monday from three directions, overrunning a number of government buildings, including the police headquarters and the central prison.
The rebels set free hundreds of inmates from the jail and captured the main civil hospital on Monday amid clashes with security forces.
Local officials on Monday said the entire Kunduz City had fallen, with security forces moving to the airport and Bala Hisar area to prepare for a counterattack.
A Pajhwok Afghan News correspondent reported at 7:00pm Monday that the insurgents took the majority of government buildings under their control, torching some buildings.
Most of international organisations and government officials had arrived at the airport to depart from the province, he reported.
But on Tuesday, the Afghan security forces launched a clearing operation, retaking the newly-built police headquarters and the prison from the Taliban. The operation is ongoing.
President Ashraf Ghani, who marked his first anniversary in office on Tuesday, vowed to retake Kunduz City from Taliban.
Esmat Qani, a political analyst, believed some elements who covertly supported the Taliban had a major role in the falls of Kunduz City.
He said earlier some people had suggested the release of prisoners from the prison in Kunduz city would pave way for the Taliban and the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) to join the mainstream government.
Local officials have said that the Taliban, after overrunning the provincial capital, freed around 400 prisoners, including some notorious insurgent commanders and drug smugglers.
According to Qani, the Taliban alone could not capture the strategic city without the help mafia and drug smugglers.
He claimed local commanders Mir Alam and Pakhsa Paran had links with Taliban and both had left the city four days ago.
Javed Kohistani, a military affairs analyst, said: “The fall of Kunduz city is part of a big plot.” He said the “5th pillar of the government is directly involved in this debacle.”
He said the National Directorate of Security (NDS) alone had deployed its 150 operatives in Kunduz and such attack was impossible in the presence of hundreds of security and intelligence officials.
He claimed the government knew about the attack, but it did not prevent the city from falling to the insurgents.
According to Kohistani, it was a historic defeat and a morale-booster for the enemy.
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