Kunar elders oppose creation of private militias
ASADABAD (Pajhwok): Dozens of tribal elders in eastern Kunar province on Saturday voiced their opposition to the creation of private militias against insurgents.
At a gathering held in the provincial capital Asadabad, the elders said instead of forming private militias, influential figures should support the government and security forces.
Yar Mullah Khan, one of the elders, said such militias not only created security problems for locals, but further divided them on linguistic, regional and tribal lines.
He said it was necessary that the Afghan people extend their full support to the national security forces so that they could become stronger.
Haji Zargul, another elder from Sarkan district, said those trying to build militias did not want to serve the country but the interest of outsiders. He urged the government to prevent efforts at creating militias.
Malak Sher Khan said Afghan security forces were the real defenders of the country, adding those wishing to serve the country should join Afghan security forces and strengthen them.
Jamaluddin Sayar, the provincial council head, said the government should prevent conspiracies being hatched against the country.
A similar gathering attended by hundreds of residents in neighbouring Nangarhar province last week also opposed the formation of private militias in the province.
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