Mafia groups want Helmand govt weakened
LASHKARGAH (Pajwhok): There are different mafia groups within the system who want to weaken the government in southern Helmand province, a public representative and the governor said on Tuesday.
Speaking at a press conference here, provincial council (PC) chief Mohammad Karim Atal said there were some of mafia groups within the system who wanted to weaken the government for their own benefits.
“Afghan security forces have already broken the back of militants and have rendered them incapable to attack the provincial capital or a district headquarters,” he said, denying rumors if Taliban would stage a Kunduz-style attack on Lashkargah, the provincial capital.
Without naming any, he said mafia groups were involved in corruption and as well as worked as foreign spies as part of their efforts to weaken the government.
“These groups have been recognised by the departments concerned, but a proper chance is awaited to take action against them in order to prevent possible problems,” he said, describing the security situation in Helmand as comparatively better.
Helmand Governor Mirza Khan Rahimi said a handful of militants existed in Helmand, but mafia groups involved in corruption were weakening the government.
He assuaged people’s concerns about security, saying Afghan security forces were ready and had the ability to maintain people’s security and defend the soil.
They have established an advisory council to support and advise the government in case of any issue, he said.
“We have experienced wars in the province, there is no one who supports militants,” a Lashkargah resident, Hajji Mohammad Akram, said.
He asked the government to punish criminals in order to maintain security in the province.
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