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Helmand insecurity blamed on ‘mismanagement’

Helmand insecurity blamed on ‘mismanagement’

Apr 20, 2016 - 16:49

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The provincial council chief on Wednesday said southern Helmand province would continue to face security problems until its leadership was changed.

Karim Khan Atal told a press conference in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, that security organs lacked coordination in Helmand and security officials were busy in personal affairs.

He said enough security forces and military gear were available in the province, but it was mismanagement that had plunged Helmand into multiple security issues.

“Due to improper leadership, the security forces are under pressure and if the same situation continues, Talibaninfo-icon’s Omari offensive will succeed in Helmand,” the public representative said and warned of increase in insecurities if the leadership was not changed.

However, during the past six months, the provincial governor, police chief, military commander, the provincial National Directorate of Security chief and other officials have been replaced with new faces in Helmand.

Reacting to Atal’s remarks, Governor Hayatullah Hayat said though security problems existed in Helmand, they had chalked out plans to counter them.

He said government officials had their attention increased towards strengthening security in the province and very soon a positive change would be seen.

“I am working to increase coordination among security forces and do away with shortcomings. I am confident the people of Helmand will cooperate with me in doing so.”

The governor said the Taliban had not yet practically launched their Operation Omari in Helmand but they had started a mere propaganda in this regard.

Hayat said areas fell to the Taliban during the past decade would be retaken soon.

Currently, the Taliban are in control of Baghran, Deshu, Musa Qala, Nawzad districts and some other areas.


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