Ghazni, Helmand may fall to Taliban, warn MPs
KABUL (Pajhwok): Concerned over the security situation in southern Ghazni and Helmand provinces, some Wolesi Jirga or lower house members on Wednesday warned militants might capture the two provinces due to the central government’s inattention.
Speaking at today’s general session, a lawmaker from Ghazni, Chaman Shah Etimadi said more security forces were needed to be deployed in Ghazni, but the Ministry of Interior had instead pulled out 360 police from there.
“Taliban are in control of Nawa district while other districts are on the brink of collapse. Instead of increasing the number of police, the MoI has decreased them,” he said.
“If the government doesn’t pay attention to the issue, the militants will increase their attacks in the province this spring. The MoI will be responsible if the province collapsed,” he said.
Another lawmaker from Ghazni, Shah Gul Rizaee said Nawa district had become a major centre of Taliban over the past few years.
He said if government forces did not conduct clearing operations in the district, Ghazni province would fall to the Taliban.
Likewise, another parliamentarian from Helmand, Nasima Niazi, called for stationing more security personnel to Helmand province.
“Out of 13 districts, only four districts are partially in the hands of government, while the rest are controlled by Taliban,” she claimed.
Poppy crop has been cultivated in many districts of Helmand, boosting Taliban’s financial resources, she added.
Naeem Lalai Hamidzai from Kandahar also expressed his concern over the security situation in Ghazni and Helmand and asked the government to pay attention to the provinces.
While pointing to the collapse of Khanshin district, he said the Taliban were extracting uranium and marbles in the district and were selling them in Pakistan and this way earning enough to purchase weapons and ammunition.
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