Noor calls for public uprising against Taliban
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The acting governor of northern Balkh province, Atta Mohammad Noor, on Tuesday invited people to launch a massive public uprising against the Taliban.
Noor was addressing a gathering attended by provincial council members, ulema council members and civil society activists, traders and youth. The participants declared their support for Afghan security forces at the gathering in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital.
Calling Taliban “the slaves of slaves”, Noor said cruelties of the rebels should not be ignored. He said Taliban shed the blood of Afghans in return for money from outsiders.
The governor said he was concerned over the increasing insecurity in Badakhshan, Takhar, Kunduz, Baghlan, Sar-i-Pul, Jawzjan and Faryab provinces. He said Balkh was always threatened by insurgency from its neighbouring provinces, but security forces had always thrwarted terror attacks with people’s help.
“It is high time to support Afghan forces and wage a public uprising against Taliban insurgents,” he said, calling on elders to convince people to rise against the enemies.
“Over the past few years, the central government was deceived by enemies. In winter, the enemies plead for peace, but in spring they start clashes,” he said.
“We are expecting peace from those who don’t know the logic of life, those who only know how to spread terror among people and subject them to cruelties,” he said, while asking people to support Afghan forces in order to increase pressure on militants to surrender or get killed by forces.
Noor also criticized the international community especially the Resolute Support Mission for failing to bring the war in Afghanistan to an end, saying Afghans should be politically coordinated to press the enemies.
“It is our religious duty to stand against militants because the protection of the country, property and honor is compulsory on the people in accordance with Islam,” principal of Asadia religious seminary, Maulvi Zabihullah Haqjo said.
“As a religious scholar, I am ready to fight against enemy and support our Afghan national forces,” he said.
Likewise, the provincial council chief, Dr. Mohammad Afzal Hadid, also encouraged people to support Afghan forces.
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