Militants give no value to elders’ decisions: Sarjang
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The police chief for southern Helmand province on Saturday said tribal elders and religious scholars could play a significant role in bolstering security and bringing peace to Afghanistan.
Brig. Gen. Abdul Rahman Sarjang, however, said insurgents did not respect elders’ decisions. He told a press conference in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, councils of tribal elders in the past would resolve many issues but now the rebels didn’t respect the cultural values.
He said the peace could only come to the country through social entities and traditional jirgas.
“Militants offend and kill tribal elders and they don’t obey clerics as well. The rebels do what foreigners tell them.”
Sarjang said the government should conduct clearing operations against rebels to purge the province of them.
A tribal elder from Musa Qala district, Mualim Abdul Bashir, said recently rebels’ respect to tribal elders’ decisions had declined.
Haji Baz Mohammad, another tribal elder from Khanshin district, said not only militants but government official also didn’t respect elders’ decisions. “If both accepted our decisions, the current issues would be solved,” he added.
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