Khost, Paktia join hands against security threats
KHOST (Pajhwok): Civil and military officials of southeastern Khost and Paktia provinces say they are working a join security plan aimed at defeating militants and preventing their activities.
This was stated by the governors and security officials of the two provinces during a joint press conference in Khost City, the capital of Khost province, on Friday afternoon.
Paktia Governor Nasrullah Arsala said the peoples of Khost and Paktia had close relations and officials of the two provinces needed strong coordination to resolve security related issues.
He hoped the strong coordination among officials of the two provinces would help strengthen security, create more facilities for trade activities and unity among tribes.
“We can have effective programmes for national economic development with the resolution of security problems,” Arsala said.
The Paktia governor said serious and effective military operations were needed to suppress militants and address the existing security challenges and threats.
Khost Governor Hukam Khan Habibi told the press conference that joint programmes and strong coordination were crucial for resolving all kinds of issues.
He said if such joint efforts continued, it would not only leave positive impact on the security situation in Khost and Paktia, but in several other provinces.
“We will positively evaluate the joint plans and we assure that our joint sittings will continue, which will result into the resolution of multiple issues in the southeast.”
The security situation in the southeast zone has recently improved, but local officials say challenges in the sector remain.
Khost police chief Brig. Gen. Faizullah Ghairat, who also attended the joint press conference, said all security organs were fully prepared to deal with security challenges.
He did not rule out the presence of armed insurgents in border areas, but rejected reports that the Islamic State had initiated its activities in Khost province.
“Fighters in the name of Daesh have neither been seen in Khost nor do they have a presence here. If they have really a presence, security forces are ready to deal with them.”
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