Hundreds rally against Taliban, Pakistan in Maimana
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Hundreds of residents in northern Faryab province on Sunday rallied in support of Afghan security forces, announcing their preparedness to deal with possible insurgent attacks on the province.
Ihsanullah, one of the protesters, told Pajhwok Afghan News there were rumours that the Taliban had been preparing over the past week to stage attacks on Maimana, the provincial capital. “We’ll never allow Taliban to attack our property and our honour the way they did in Kunduz which is a lesson for everybody to defend their houses and honour.”
Ihsanullah said Pakistani, Uzbek and Chechen fighters fought alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan, adding he was prepared to fight alongside the security forces against them.
Sayed Abdul Baqi Hashemi, the provincial council head, said the country’s enemies with their propaganda had terrorised the masses. “Defending our houses is our right and we will allow nobody to threaten our stability.”
Rahmatullah Turkistani, a member of the provincial council and representative of Gen. Dostum in the province, said apart from security forces there were more than 10,000 armed men in Faryab province. He said if the government allowed them, they were ready to go to other provinces for the help of people there.
“People have not forgotten Taliban’s crimes in the last 14 years and their recent crimes in Kunduz province,” he added.
Maulvi Asadullah Jamali, head of Jamiat party in Faryab, said Kunduz situation was a lesson for all Afghans in order to stand firmly against the enemies. “Based on directives of our holy religion, whoever dies in the way of defending his country, home, property and honour is martyr.”
Jamali said there were enough forces in the province and that Taliban could not take a check post.
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