Foreign forces urged to help destroy weapons seized by rebels
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): A number of officials, religious scholars and influential individuals of northeastern Kunduz province on Thursday demanded greater attention to security, religious schools and helping war-affected people.
They issued the call during a meeting with President Ashraf Ghani, who arrived here earlier in the day, accompanied by several cabinet members, legislators and senior officials.
Acting Governor Hamdullah Danishi said residents of the province were worried about the heavy weapons seized by Taliban militants. He asked international forces to help destroy the weapons snatched by the Taliban.
He demanded a clearing operation across the province against the militants still active there. After the recapture of Kunduz from the rebels, at least 15 government offices, including the provincial council, have been working without badly-needed facilities.
“We want security maintained in all districts,” Danishi said, calling for six new administrative units to increase the number of districts to 12. He asked the president to appoint an honest governor for Kunduz and help the families of martyred security personnel.
Solving agricultural problems, construction of residential buildings in Kunduz City, fortifying Amu River banks and providing residential facilities for 20,000 displaced and war-affected families were demands made by Danishi.
Provincial council member Maulvi Khush Mohammad Nasratyar, speaking on behalf of ulema, said the absence of security and gap between religious scholars and the Presidential Palace had prompted several people to join militants.
He added lack of religious schools in Kunduz province forced seminary students to travel to Pakistan. He asked the governor try to share accurate reports with the president.
Mohammad Aman Usmanzai, an influential individual, said people were supporting the government. Some internal and foreign circles were trying to defame Afghanistan, he alleged.
Some reports say three rockets were fired from an unknown place into Chahardara district, close to Kunduz City. One blast was also heard inside the meeting venue.
The delegation headed by Ghani includes his wife, Minister of Natural Disaster Management Affairs Wais Ahmad Barmak, Minister of Religious Affairs Faiz Mohammad Osmani and Minister of Transport and Aviation Mohammadullah Batash.
The president had visited Kunduz City in October, weeks after the provincial capital fell to Taliban. Leadership failure has been identified as the main factor behind the capture of Kunduz City by the insurgents.
The strategic city collapsed after a few hours of clashes on September 28. The Taliban remained in control of the city for three days before government forces wrested it back after a two- week operation.
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