Bad governance paved way for Kunduz fall, says Noor
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor on Saturday alleged Kunduz City, the capital of northern Kunduz province, had fallen to the Taliban due to bad governance and mismanagement.
During a farewell ceremony for outgoing Deputy Governor Zahir Wahdat in Mazar-i-Sharif, Noor said Kunduz had neither been efficiently administrated nor officials had exact information about the ground realties.
“It is not possible 200-300 Taliban captured Kunduz City when scores of equipped and trained security men existed in the province,” the governor remarked.
Noor put the number of Taliban assailants around 300, but the Ministry of Interior had said as many as 500 Taliban fighters have been killed in Kunduz fight so far.
Two weeks earlier, hundreds of Taliban fighters stormed Kunduz City from various directions, capturing the strategic city after a few hours of clashes with security forces.
The governor said before Eid-ul-Adha, he had suggested a grand offensive in the entire north against rebels and had informed the president and the chief executive officer (CEO) about the importance of the proposed operation. His suggestions, he said, were praised and welcomed but not acted upon.
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