Afghan forces need national support against rebels: Massoud
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): President’s special representative for reforms and good governance Ahmad Zia Massoud on Saturday said the Afghan security forces needed nationwide people’s support in battling insurgents.
Massoud said this while addressing a gathering of more than 2000 people including former mujahideen and religious scholars during a visit to northeastern Badakhshan province.
He alleged some circles during former president Hamid Karzai’s government wanted to pave the ground for militants to advance
Speaking in Faizabad, the provincial capital, Massoud said some circles in the current government pursued the same policy of Karzai’s government.
“These circles do not want a fight against Taliban, but they want peace on the condition that the Taliban accept the country’s Constitution,” he added.
Massoud did not name anyone, but said: “Terrorists always commit destructive activities that create problems for people, they do not believe in civil life and civic values, they pressures the government by their destructive activities to achieve their goals by force.”
He said former mujahideen should launch operations against terrorists and create opposition councils, something he called “the need of the hour.”
“Afghan forces with their current capacity are in huge problems in their fight against militants, we should nationalise the war on militants, we can end the current war by creating opposition councils for supporting Afghan forces, otherwise the war would continue,” Massoud added.
About the parliamentary and district council elections, he said the elections would not be conducted until peace was established.
People believed holding the elections was impossible in the face of the ongoing insecurity in most parts of the country, including Badakhshan province, he said.
Few months ago, the Taliban captured Warduj and Yamgan districts of Badakhshan from Afghan forces. Some parts of Juram and Raghistan districts are also under rebels’ control.
Badakhshan Governor Ahmad Faisal Baigzad told the gathering that Badakhshan people even during Taliban’s regime did not allow them to enter the province. “Badakhshan people are still standing beside the Afghan forces,” he said.
Baigzad suggested that small airports built in Nusi, Karan Wa Mangjan, Sheghnan and Khwahan districts during last king Mohammad Zahir Shah and former prime minister Mohammad Daud Khan should be repaired and reconstructed.
“Most of the policemen and Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel embracing martyrdom in other provinces are transferred to Faizabad, but the bodies could not be taken to their families on time. This problem can be resolved with the reconstruction of the airports,” he said.
On the other hand, provincial council head Bashir Ahmad Samim said that the construction process of Shurabak power dam in Faizabad had been suspended due to technical problems over the past three months.
He said the Ministry of Public Works planned to cancel the dam project and instead produce power from coal which was unacceptable for Badakhshan people.
Massoud said suggestions provided by Badakhshan people would be shared with the government for implementation.
He said the aim of his trip to Badakhshan was to assess the situation of people and evaluate the law enforcement and governance.
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