Kunduzi: ALP being strengthened against Daesh in Achin
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The governor on Tuesday said another 1,000 Afghan Local Police (ALP) members would be appointed and deployed to the Achin district of eastern Nangahar province to deal with the so-called Islamic State or Daesh group.
Salim Khan Kunduzi, who led a delegation comprising senior security officials to the troubled Achin district, said the operation in the town was successfully underway, but people’s cooperation in maintaining security was crucial.
The governor told a gathering of tribal elders in front of the district headquarters: “You have introduced 1,000 local policemen, we are increasing their numbers and want to deploy them in areas retaken from Daesh militants.”
The governor said schools which had been closed due to insecurity in a number of areas would be reopened soon. Referring to Daesh, the governor said members of the outfit were allowing their children to study in Pakistani schools, but they were barring Afghan children in Achin from attending school.
Nangarhar National Directorate of Security chief Gen. Daud Mohammad Harifi said they would appoint in the local police force individuals tribal elders had introduced. He said cooperation of elders would result into increased security in the region.
Police chief Brig, Gen. Fazl Ahmad Sherzad told the gathering that attackers from Waziristan and Orakzai tribal regions of Pakistan were making inroads in Nangarhar. “Our people should wake up and stand against their enemies.”
He said many areas had been recaptured from the Islamic State affiliates and the operation against them was ongoing successfully. He also urged cooperation of local people in improving the security situation.
Gen. Mohammad Zaman Waziri, the 201 Selab Military Corps commander, said Daesh had said they would capture Jalalabad, but their dream was shattered and plans frustrated by the Afghan security forces.
In his address, Waziri praised security forces for blocking the way of Daesh militants and inflicting heavy casualties on the insurgents in Achin and nearby areas.
Provincial council secretary Zabihullah Zamari criticised the government for not taking action against the Islamic State group when it newly emerged in Nangarhar.
He said the government should continue the operation against militants and should provide shelter and other needed facilities to the displaced families.
Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.