Police facing multiple challenges in Helmand: Official
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A top police commander in the south on Sunday said unprofessional individuals in police ranks and a shortage of heavy weapons posed grave challenges to dealing with the resurgent Taliban in southern Helmand province.
Commander of the 505th Police Zone Maj. Gen. Asmatullah Dawlatzai was addressing a gathering here, in which Interior Minister Taj Mohammad Jahid was also present.
Dawlatzai asked the minister to resolve these problems and said security situation in Helmand needed more attention from the government.
According to Dawlatzai, the Taliban are in full control of four districts -- Baghran, Dishu, Musa Qala and Nawzad and partially control Kajaki, Sangin, Nad Ali, Greshk, Marja and Khanshin.
He complained about vacant police posts and said police did not have a special hospital and thus succumbed to death from injuries. The official reminded the minister of the issue of lacking professional police officers.
Dawlatzai informed the minister about an ongoing offensive codenamed Khanjar against rebels on the Kandahar-Helmand highway.
Lawmakers and provincial council members were also present on the occasion.
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