Jawzjan forces facing combat gear shortage
SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): A security meeting on Tuesday observed that northern Jawzjan province was struggling with shortage of military gear and personnel.
The meeting between a delegation of the Interior Ministry and local officials took place in Shiberghan, the provincial capital.
Lotfullah Azizi, Jawzjan governor, after briefing the delegation about the law and order situation in his province, suggested that it was necessary to establish another military corps in the presence of the 209th Shaheen Military Corps in the north.
He added the Shaheen Corps were busy fighting insurgents on many fronts in Kunduz, Baghlan, Badakhshan, Jawzjan, Sar-i-Pul, Faryab and Takhar provinces and they could not respond to all conflict-related needs in the northern zone.
“We face military equipment shortage and the presence of only one military corps cannot be responsive to all the needs in the north,” he added.
The suggestions come as Darzab, Manjigak and Khamab districts of Jawzjan have recently been the scene of clashes between Taliban insurgents and security forces.
According to local officials, more than 20 insurgents have been killed, including Mullah Qadir, the shadow district chief for Manjigak, during the clashes, but the Taliban denied their district chief had perished.
Sayed Jalal, a member of the provincial council, said security forces were underpaid and they lacked enough equipment. Equipping them was the need of the hour, he insisted. He said if the government supported public uprising forces and increased the number of local police personnel the move could positively impact Jawzjan’s security.
Abdul Majid Samim, a Shiberghan resident, said: “Unfortunately the situation in the north is such that people’s honours get violated any moment and officials are also tightlipped about it.”
Habibullah Qapchaq, a senior official of the public protection unit at the Interior Ministry, said measures for ensuring better security in the province would be put in place.
“Our aim to come here is to listen to your suggestions and views regarding security situation in Jawzjan. We’ll make sure your suggestions have reached Kabul officials,” he added.
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