Negligence allows Taliban to capture posts: Qahraman
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The presidential envoy for security affairs in southern Helmand province on Tuesday said a number of security posts had been captured by insurgents due to negligence of duty by some security officials.
“Those who commit negligence of duty are being killed themselves, no one should commit negligence in duty,” Abdul Jabbar Qahraman told reporters in Lashkargah, the provincial capital.
He confirmed a number of security posts were captured by Taliban militants during clashes with security forces in Greskh and Nad Ali districts, but said the rebels had no ability to hold them for a long time.
Qahraman said the insurgents had been weakened. However, over the past four days, the insurgents captured a number of security posts in various areas and inflicted heavy casualties on security forces.
“With each passing day, the Taliban are losing their combat capability, but negligence in duty by security forces during nights has allowed the Taliban to capture security posts,” argued the presidential envoy.
He said they had identified problems in security posts and said efforts would be made to resolve them.
Qaharam rejected rumours that Helmand was on the verge of falling to the insurgents, saying President Ghani and foreign troops were paying special attention to Helmand.
He said foreign troops were taking part in nighttime operations and airstrikes with their Afghan counterparts in Helmand.
He also informed that a 300-member strong security squad had been created for maintaining security in Lashkargah.
Qahraman said the operations against militants were slow going because the rebels had taken refuge at people’s homes and security forces did not want to harm civilians.
He said he had mustered people’s support for maintaining security in Helmand and had devised some plans in this regard.
Four districts are under Taliban’s control in Helmand where the government’s writ has been confined to district centres in many other towns.
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