Possible Nangarhar fall spurned as enemy propaganda
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Senior officials on Monday rejected as baseless rumours that eastern Nangarhar province would fall to Taliban.
In a meeting with tribal elders and former jihadi commanders, provincial National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief Brig. Gen. Dad Mohammad Harifi said such rumours were only propaganda by the enemies.
“The enemies are not powerful as portrayed in the media and among local people. Only the NDS knows their exact strength and plans,” he said, adding the security situation of Nangrhar was comparatively better than other provinces including Kabul.
“This is the enemy propaganda that the province is going to be captured by them,” Governor Salim Khan Kunduzi said, asking residents not to be trapped in plots hatched by the enemies.
“I and security officials have been patrolling local checkpoints during nights, but we could not find it true that Taliban search people during night. There are also rumours that hand-cart owners have weapons, but these are also baseless rumors circulated by the enemies,” he said.
Meanwhile, Nangarhar police chief Maj. Gen. Fazal Ahmad Sherzad said outsiders were leading the current war in Afghanistan because ordinary Taliban could not continue it by collecting usher and zakat.
He assured the people not to be worried about the rumours because security forces were bravely defending the province.
However, a resident of Jalalabad, the provincial capital, Mohamamd Ayub, said recent clashes in Bati Kot and Achin districts had concerned people. He said even some people in the city were preparing to flee to avoid any emergency situation.
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