‘Taliban want to rename Musa Qala as Helmand’
The provincial council members and civil society activists told a joint press conference in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, that local officials weren’t able to ensure security in the province.
“If necessary measures are not taken, the people would protest,” warned Bashir Ahmad Shakir, head of the PC security committee.
He said if the situation continued, Laskhkargah would become insecure soon and it would produce bad consequences.
He said the Taliban had accelerated their recruitment process and intended to rename Musa Qala district as second Helmand province.
The government had cut a deal with Taliban over some districts including Musa Qala, he suspected. He asked the government to sack officials not performing their duty properly.
Civil societies coordination office head Naveed Ahmad Watanwal said clashes and insecurity had lately increased in the province, with civilians bearing the brunt.
“Security forces are not telling the truth, the rebels are pushing them back and snatching areas from them,” he said.
A civil society head, Abdul Ghafar Ishaqzai, said local officials had disappointed the people who wanted to go to Kabul and stage protests there. “Everyday different areas of the province fall to insurgents and the people are afraid the province will soon collapse.”
However, the governor’s spokesman told Pajhwok Afghan News the fears expressed by the PC members and activists were their personal views. “Security forces are struggling day and night to retain security in the province,” he said.
Over the past few months, clashes between security forces and Taliban are in progress and the rebels are in control of Disho, Baghran, Nawzad, and Musa Qala districts of the province.
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