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Security on the nosedive in most parts of Ghazni: Residents

Security on the nosedive in most parts of Ghazni: Residents

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Jun 29, 2016 - 14:26

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Residents complain the security situation has recently deteriorated in most parts of southern Ghazni province, but the officials concerned reject the claim as groundless.

Mohammad Halim Rasouli, a tribal elder from Ghazni City, told Pajhwok Afghan News that insecurity had lately increased in most areas, including the provincial capital.

“Armed clashes between Talibaninfo-icon and the government have now become a daily occurrence in the districts. The situation has created psychological problems for the people, who suffer casualties daily,” he said.

Security in the districts had worsened because of a low presence of security forces there, he argued. “Most of the time tribal elders and security forces are killed with silencer-fitted pistols, but no action has been taken yet to rein in the assailants.

Jamil Weqar, another resident of Ghazni City and civil societyinfo-icon activist, also said the security situation had deteriorated in most districts of the province. Insecurity had created problems for people’s movement, he added.

A provincial council member, Abdul Jame Jame, confirmed clashes erupted in a number of areas, but the Taliban had been weakened.“Not only in Ghazni, but security all over the country is unstable,” he observed, urging the people to stand with the Afghan forces.

GovernorMohammad Aman Hamim confirmed Taliban were active in parts of Ghazni, but the militant group was unable to seize an area for a long time. People in Taliban-controlledareas were faced with security problems, he acknowledged.

However, the provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Aminullah Amarkhel, said that security forces -- despite having limited resources -- had recently taken control of more area from Taliban.

“In the past, people were killed daily in Ghazni City. 70 people were killed in one month, but now the problem has been resolved,” he said, adding roads in districts were open and people could safely travel from one place to another.

Besides some other areas, Nawa district has been under Taliban’s control for the past 10 years.

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