300 foreign militants exist in Badakhshan, says governor
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): The governor on Wednesday said more than 300 foreign militants existed in two district of northeastern Badakhshan province and they had established military bases in areas under Taliban control.
Ahmad Faisal Begzad told United Nations Secretary General’s special deputy representative for Afghanistan, Mark Bowden, who arrived here on Wednesday, that 65 percent of the populations in Badakhshan were destitute and they needed UN’s humanitarian assistance.
The governor said if the UN stopped giving assistance to the people of Badakhshan, it could lead to a humanitarian crisis.
About the security situation in the province, Begzad said security forces had been in the lead of operations for the past six months of the year. During the period, he said, 15 insurgent attack had been thwarted and the rebels inflicted heavy casualties.
The governor also informed about the launch of fresh operations in insecure parts of the province in near future and urged NATO-led forces to extend full support to Afghan forces in recapturing areas lost to Taliban militants.
Mark Bowden assured the governor of the UN’s continued assistance with the people of Badakhshan.
“As the people of Badakhshan need humanitarian assistance, we are ready to evaluate it and even we will consider the supply of assistance by air to areas where there is no road.”
He said the UN had enough food and non-food items in hand and the Badakhshan provincial government should assist the world’s body in delivering the aid to the deserving families.
The governor said a road, as an alternative to Taliban-controlled Warduj district, was being constructed through Shahada district to dispatch the UN aid to border areas.
He said the UN could use the airbase in Badakhshan to supply humanitarian assistance to people in inaccessible districts.
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