Zahir Qadeer-led militiamen placed under govt control
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Up to 1,000 public uprising members, ledby Wolesi Jirga Deputy Speaker Zahir Qadeer, have been placed under government control, officials said on Saturday.
The provincial police chief and the National Directorate of Security (NDS) head on Saturday visited a base of the public uprising members in the Nazyan district of the eastern province.
During the visit, the top security bosses announced the inclusion of the fighters in the Ministry of Interior’s framework. “The uprising members led by Qadir have been re-organised,” the police chief said.
Lt. Gen. Fazal Ahmad Sherzad told the gathering the 1,000-force would be stationed in the six districts of the Shinwari zone to fight against Daesh militants there.
“The militia emerged three months under Qadeer’s leadership. Placing the militiamen under government control will have a positive effect on the security environment,” NDS chief, Brig. Gen. Dad Mohammad Harifi hoped, promising support for the 1,000 men.
An area elder, Issa Khan Yousufzai, said on behalf of the uprising members that Shinwari tribesmen were committed to keeping their promise of helping the security forces.
“Our elders had requested the deputy speaker to try for the inclusion of our fighters in the government’s framework,” said the provincial peace committee head, Haji Malik Nazeer.
He also called for the government to scrap an ongoing investigations into the beheading of Islamic Stateinsurgents by pro-Qadeer militiamen in the province.
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