Hamdard sees private militias behind Kunduz fall
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former governor Juma Khan Hamdard on Sunday said armed wings of political parties and the Afghan Local Police (ALP) were main factors behind the dramatic fall of the capital of northern Kunduz province to Taliban.
The politician said the armed wings and the ALP had widened the gap between the people and the government, enabling the Taliban to take complete advantage of the vacuum which helped the militants capture Kunduz city.
Hamdard expressed these views on his Facebook account, two weeks after hundreds of Taliban gunmen stormed Kunduz City from various directions, capturing the strategic urban centre after a few hours of clashes with security forces.
Security forces, however, wrested back control of Kunduz city from Taliban after days of fighting and are still advancing to recapture the remaining areas.
Hamdard condemned the Taliban’s brazen attack on Kunduz City, accusing the government of negligence. The member of Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) Councils stressed real factors behind the fall of Kunduz should be unearthed.
“Since 14 years, illegal armed men have been harassing people in the north and the best examples of this are Kunduz and Baghlan. The government has miserably failed to control their atrocities,” said Hamdard.
He added the behavior of local militia groups compelled people to cooperate with the Taliban directly or indirectly.
“We don’t accept armed militants and illegal armed men because such groups do not serve the national interest rather they work for personnel interests of some individuals,” the former governor said.
He also condemned a US airstrike on a Doctors Without Boarder hospital, in which 22 people, including the hospital staff, were killed and several others wounded.
Hamdard asked President Ashraf Ghani to put aside his long-term plans and help Kunduz people treat their injured and bury their dead family members.
He said the people of Kunduz were in dire need of food, drinking water, shelter and other facilities and it was government responsibility to provide them these facilities.
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