Cut ties with Taliban, governor asks Darqad residents
QALOQAN (Pajhwok): The governor of northern Takhar province on Thursday warned residents of Darqad district against supporting Taliban militants in the district.
Mohammad Yasin Zia warned the Darqad residents to quit supporting Taliban and fixed a 24-hour ultimatum for the rebels to join the peace process.
He said the government would provide jobs and guarantee the safety of those insurgents willing to lay down their arms on the ground.
The governor said residents should avoid giving refugee to Taliban and providing meals and warned such people would be brought to justice.
Zia said they had established a joint commission of tribal elders, religious scholars and influential figures to help the government appoint the district chief, the police chief and other employees.
All government officials of the district became as acting officials and some were sacked and referred to the prosecution office after the district was briefly captured by Taliban militants.
The governor asked the joint commission to introduce honest people who had no links with Taliban to be appointed in the district.
It was the first time Darqad fell to Taliban. If people helped the Taliban stage a comeback, they will be dealt with as Taliban in accordance with the law,” the ground forces commander Lt. Gen. Murad Ali Murad addressed the people of the district.
A resident of the district, Yaqub, said over the past 14 years, the government had paid no attention to reconstruction and social justice in the district and it was corruption by the district officials that the town collapsed.
“We were ignored for the past 14 years and corruption in government departments made people to exercise various options. I ask the governor not to ignore us,” he said.
The governor pledged an anti-corruption campaign, saying if the residents did not provide refuge to Taliban in their houses, he would develop the town.
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