Baghlan offensive crucial to breaking Kunduz siege: Ghani
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday said the Special Forces had been sent to northern Baghlan province where ongoing operations against militants were crucial to breaking the siege of Kunduz province.
The president was talking to elders from Kunduz during the introduction of the new provincial governor at the Presidential Palace, a statement from the palace said.
The new governor, Asadullah Amarkhel, was introduced to delegates from Kunduz including religious scholars, public representatives and youth.
Kunduz provincial council chief Mohammad Din, Meshrano Jirga first secretary Maulvi Abdullah Qarlaq, civil society network head Abdullah Rassouli, Senator Safar Mohammad Kakar and Kunduz deputy provincial council chief Amaruddin Wali and others were among the participants.
The dignitaries thanked President Ghani for the continued attention he had been giving to Kunduz province and supported his government’s economic and reforms programmes and called Amarkhel the right man for the job.
They urged the president to resolve security issues, break the siege of Kunduz, increase coordination among security forces and resolve problems being faced by farmers, investors, traders and residents.
After listening to them, the president said: “Asadullah Amarkhel has been selected from among the six persons you have introduced as the governor of Kunduz. He is my special and authorised representative in Kunduz.”
The president told Amarkhel to sign security agreements with the National Security Council and economic agreements with the Cabinet.
He said he would himself investigate into the accords between governors, the Cabinet and the NSC and it would be people’s responsibility to report progress on the deals.
Ghani said the ongoing operations in Baghlan were important to break the siege of Kunduz, saying the Special Forces had been sent to Baghlan last night.
He said funds had been obtained for the construction of the airport in Kunduz and the project would be carried out by the Defence Ministry’s corps of engineers. “Trust between the government and the people of Kunduz has been restored.”
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