Protestors seek removal of Nangarhar security bosses
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people on Wednesday took to the streets in the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, asking the government to remove “infective security bosses and re-launch a military operation in the Shinwari zone.
The protestors, who marched from the provincial council office to the Pashtunistan square in Jalalabad, asked the government to explain landing of unknown helicopters in Sara Rud district.
Led by provincial council members, the demonstrators chanted anti-Pakistan and pro-Afghan security forces slogans.
Provincial council secretary Zabihullah Zamarai, who participated in the rally, told Pajhwok Afghan News through the protest they wanted to announce their support for the government and security departments but at the same time demand changes to the security leadership in Nangarhar.
“People’s trust in the government has eroded, Nangarhar security departments have failed in providing security to the people. We respect the sacrifices of the Afghan security forces, but we demand the removal of inefficient security officials.”
Zamarai demanded resumption of military operations in the Shinwari zone and asked the government to explain helicopters’ landings in Sara Rud district.
Local residents say white-coloured helicopters landed in Spin Ghar area of Sara Rud district two weeks back. Though lawmakers from Nangarhar have strongly reacted to the issue, but security officials remain tight-lipped.
However, Nangarhar governor Salim Khan Kunduzi had said the issue is being investigated.
Obaid SHinwari, a member of Nangarhar provincial council, told Pajhwok Afghan News at the protest rally that fresh military operations were needed in Shinwari zone to subdue militants.
Shinwari said: “The Nangarhar officials have failed to maintain security, they tell lies to people, we want inefficient security officials to be sacked.”
Another participant of the rally, Noor Rahman Norani, a civil society activist, said he attended the rally to show his support for the government and the Afghan military.
“We are supporters of the government, we praise the sacrifices of our soldiers, but we want reforms in their leadership.”
On the other hand, the provincial government spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, said the local administration had and was making serious efforts at improving security in the province.
He said the security situation of Nangarhar was good as compared to several other provinces, but a negative propaganda hatched by some circles had a negative impact on the security and development projects.
“The provincial government has launched its investigation and if some officials are found inefficient, they will be replaced,” Khogyani said.
The gubernatorial spokesman said tactical air and ground operations were still ongoing in the Shinwari zone and as a result, a large number of militants had been killed.
“Even yesterday, 60 Daesh militants were killed during fierce military aircrafts bombardment in Achin and several other areas. I should say operations are underway there.”
Earlier, the provincial governor, the police chief and the intelligence chief had said that negative propaganda had an impact on Nangarhar security, but efforts at preventing insurgent activities remained successful.
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