Winter best time to eliminate security threats: Governors
KABUL (Pajhwok): A dozen governors, who shared reports about security situations in their provinces with the president, on Thursday said that winter was appropriate time to overcome security threats.
They told a joint press conference in Kabul after attending a Cabinet meeting with President Ashraf Ghani in the chair, that insecurity in the country could decrease if the peace process and trans-regional projects yielded positive results.
The governors of Ghazni, Badghis, Faryab, Maidan Wardak, Khost, Takhar, Sar-i-Pul, Nuristan, Baghlan, Samangan, Farah and Kabul participated in the press conference.
They said they briefed the president about their priorities and problems at the Cabinet meeting on Thursday.
Farah Governor Asif Nang said they had discussed with the president how to improve governance, law enforcement, security and development process. He said they stressed giving more powers to governors in decision- making, observing programs and drafting policies relating to provincial administrations.
Maidan Wardak governor Hayatullah Hayat said the Cabinet decided to take best advantage of winter season in improving the security situation and increasing coordination between the people and the government.
Mohammad Zahir Wahdat, Sar-i-Pul governor, said the security situation in his province had improved, but instability loomed because Afghan forces were busy in fighting against militants on all the four sides of the province.
But he said the overall security situation was under control and only Kohistanat district remained occupied by militants.
Wahdat said Afghanistan was victim of a regional conspiracy hatched by a powerful enemy, an issue that could not be ignored.
He added Afghan forces were already stretched thin across the country and insecurity in Afghan provinces depended on the country’s political and regional situation.
The ongoing violence in Afghanistan would decrease if the peace talks with insurgents and regional plans yielded positive result, Wahdat added.
Baghlan Governor Abdul Sattar Barez said militants in Kunduz province were creating problems for nearby provinces and had created insecurity in parts of Baghlan. This and all other problems were shared with the president and the Cabinet in detail, he added.
“I assure the people we have special programs for improving the security situation in Baghlan,” he added.
Takhar governor Mohammad Yasin Zia said three districts of his province located on the border with Kunduz had been cleared of militants and only small security problems remained and would be resolved soon.
But he said guns could not resolve all the problems, stressing that people needed social justice to support the government.
Zia said pressure increased on Afghan forces in Takhar this solar year after foreign forces left. But he assured people that the security situation would improve next year.
Mohammad Aman Hamimi, governor of Ghazni province, also said the security situation in his province had improved. “Ghazni was under high security threat few months ago, but now the situation has improved thanks coordination netween security organs and local administration,” he said.
Hafiz Abdul Qayom, acting Nuristan governor, said militants had been trying to destabilise Nuristan in the past, but now the situation had improved since one and a half years. He said there was no threat of losing any district to the Taliban in Nuristan.
But Qayom said only Wegal district was a little suffering from insecurity. But he assured security organs had the plan to improve the situation in that district as well.
Faryab governor Sayed Anwar Saadat said the security situation was unstable in all parts of the country. He added the situation in his province improved after security forces launched clearing operations and recaptured several strategic areas from militants.
But he confirmed problems in some districts, which he said the National Security Council (NSC) had promised to resolve them during winter.
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