Trapped residents of Qala-i-Zal district face food shortage
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok):Local officials and civil society activists on Sunday said the Qala-i-Zal district of northern Kunduz province has been under Taliban’s siege for the past few days and its inhabitants are faced with food shortages and other problems.
Safiullah Amiri, a Provincial Council (PC) member, told Pajhwok Afghan News last week the Taliban had captured the district and security forces retreated from their posts to the Abdan desert and the district bazaar.
“No operation for the recapture of the district has been launched so far while residents are facing multiple problems, including a shortage of necessary food items,” he said.
Some residents warned more parts of the province were being threatened by the insurgents. Additional territory could be grabbed by the militants if prompt action was not taken, they said.
Enayatullah Khaleq, a civil society activist, alleged the government did not listen to the public demand for sending more troops to the areas under threat. “We are worried about the situation in Qala-i-Zal,” he said, adding people were facing food scarcity of food and other necessary items.
But Syed Mahmood Danish, the governor’s spokesman, said no district had been overrun by the Taliban. He denied the fall of Qala-i-Zal, saying a massive clearing operation was underway over the past four days in the district and heavy losses had been inflicted on the enemy.
Earlier, public representatives and a lawmaker expressed their concern at the deteriorating security situation in Kunduz, saying the provincial capital could once again fall to the Taliban if the tide of insecurity was not reserved.
The concern was raised after Taliban captured Qala-i-Zal and got locked in an intense gunbattle with security forces in Dasht-i-Archi district. Senate Secretary Abdullah Qarlaq, who represents Kunduz in the upper house, told provincial council members the district had fallen due to the government’s negligence.
He said fierce clashes were currently underway between the security forces and the insurgents in Dasht-i-Archi district, where the rebels had captured several areas
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