Balkh tightens security along Kunduz border
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Security officials on Saturday said if the Taliban fleeing the ongoing offensive against them in northern Kunduz province attempted to enter northern Balkh province, they would regret it.
They welcomed President Ashraf Ghani’s remarks that illegal militias would not participate in the anti-Taliban operation in Kunduz and insisted the security forces in Balkh province had the ability to frustrate the enemy’s designs.
Balkh deputy police chief Col. Abdul Razaq Qaderi told Pajhwok Afghan News during an exclusive interview that security forces were effectively maintaining security in Balkh’s 14 districts and at the Hairatan port with full cooperation of the people.
He said there had been no incident of violence in the whole of Balkh province during the past one week.
Praising the offensive of Afghan security forces against Taliban militants in Kunduz, the police official said the enemy would soon be on the run from Kunduz City.
He said additional security forces had been deployed at border areas with Kunduz province and new security posts had been established there.
Khulam district of Balkh borders Qala Zal and Char Dara districts of Kunduz through Airgank desert.
He said security forces had been deployed five kilometers inside Balkh near Qala Zal district of Kunduz and at a 19-kilometre district from Char Dara district to prevent militants’ infiltration.
He said he did not believe the Taliban after their defeat in Kunduz would try to enter Balkh province.
In a warning to the Taliban, he said: “After tasting defeat in Kunduz, don’t think of fleeing into Balkh.”
The deputy police chief welcomed insistence by President Ghani over non-participation of uprising groups and private militias in the Kunduz operation. He added they did not need any illegal armed or uprising group in Balkh, where the existing Afghan security forces strong enough to defeat the enemy.
He said the number of security forces had also been increased in border areas with northern Jawzjan province besides Kunduz.
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