Militias’ military role invites feudalism: Analysts
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some political analysts say leading military operations by First-Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum and other government officials could put the country on the path to feudalism, but others believe such steps are vital for ensuring security and the rule of law.
Dostum recently moved to northern Faryab province and led a clearing offensive against rebels there, purging most of the areas from Taliban.
Currently, the first VP is in northern Jawzjan province and is leading an ongoing offensive against rebels in Kham Ab district, which is in government control now.
Local uprising groups recently joined security forces in anti-Taliban operations in Faryab and Jawzjan.
Also, Haji Zahir Qadir, a Wolesi Jirga member, had been in Nangarhar province mobilising his supporters for an armed campaign against rebels.
Gen. Abdul Raziq, Kandahar police chief, traveled to Helmand and Zabul provinces to organise anti-insurgent operations.
Military affairs expert Gen. Attiqullah Amarkhel said the Afghan government had security forces to deal with security challenges in every province, adding that the involvement of officials from other areas could harm the unity and discipline.
He believed officials should give attention to their own areas and in this way the government could prevent extravagant expenditures and other losses.
He said: “Gen. Dostum went to the frontline and the media also covered his activities. This has a bad impact on generals and soldiers who think they have no importance in the fighting.”
He said although Dostum was the deputy supreme commander of the armed forces and could lead a fight, not in a way to pick up gun and go to the frontline.
He said if Dostum went to other provinces, people there would think he had no intention to revive militias in the north.
Earlier, the president’s deputy spokesman had said Dostum went to the north in compliance with a decision of the National Security Council (NSC).
But Amarkhail said illegal armed groups were those who did not abide by the law and they were notorious for harassing residents.
“Those who do not abide by any rules or laws could not be stopped from marauding and harassing people. This have a negative impact on local residents,” he added.
Javed Kohistani, a military analyst, however, said in an emergency situation where security forces lacked the ability to ensure people’s security, residents had no choice but to defend themselves.
“Gen. Dostum, Haji Zahir and Gen. Abdul Raziq are part of the government and have tribal support in their areas, could well ensure security in those areas.”
He admitted that travelling of these officials to these localities would create other differences but said it became necessary when security forces could not ensure people’s safety.
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