Kunduz on the brink of collapse once again: public reps
KUNDUZ (Pajhwok): Public representatives and a lawmaker on Friday expressed their concern about the deteriorating security situation in northern Kunduz province and said the provincial capital could once again fall to the Taliban if the tide of insecurity was not reserved.
The concern was raised two days after the Taliban captured Qala-i-Zal district and locked in intense gun-battle with security forces in Dasht-i-Archi district.
Meshrano Jirga or Senate secretary Abdullah Qarlaq, who represents Kunduz people at the upper house, told a meeting with provincial council members that the Qala-i-Zal district fell to Taliban due to government’s negligence.
He said currently fierce clashes were underway between security forces and Taliban in the Dasht-i-Archi district where the rebels had captured many areas
The lawmaker said currently the Taliban were in control of Aqtash, Gulbad and Gortepah districts. “The government is not paying attention to the security in Kunduz and it is the reason 70 percent of Kunduz is with Taliban. If no attention is paid at the earliest, the provincial capital will fall again.”
Kunduz provincial council chief Mohammad Yousaf Ayubi said there were circles within the government who wanted a repetition of the fall of Kunduz.
He said insecurities had gone beyond control in Imam Sahib, Khanabad, Dasht-i-Archi and some other areas and the situation was not brought under control, the Kunduz City would fall.
“We want the government to deal with insecurity in the province as soon as possible. The government should launch ground and air offensive against Taliban,” the public representative demanded.
He warned if the government did not take action to reverse the tide of insecurity, the people of Kunduz would launch hunger strike and huge protests.
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