Police retreating without resistance to be punished: Angar
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A top police official in southern Helmand province has said security officials who committed negligence by allowing the enemy to capture their posts and areas under their control would be punished.
Maj. Gen. Mohammad Hakim Angar, the 505 police zone commander, told reporters in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, that some security officials had abandoned their posts and weapons and retreated without putting up resistance to militants.
He said an investigation into the negligence had been launched and those found guilty would be punished.
Angar also alleged that some Pakistani military officers took part in the Helmand fighting and some of them had been killed.
He went on to allege that the insurgency in Helmand was being headed by Pakistani generals.
He said security forces had launched night raids on Taliban targets, forcing them to start fleeing the province.
Angar revealed ground and air offensive in Garamser, Nad Ali and Nawa districts would be launched to recapture areas lost to the rebels.
He also said night time operations would be launched in the provincial capital as well, in which foreign troops would also participate.
Angar said landmines planted by Taliban on the Helmand-Kandahar highway would be neutralized soon in order to enable people to travel on the route.
He said the Taliban had killed people in a number of areas for alleged cooperation with the government and this action had encouraged people to wage an uprising against them.
But his assertions were rejected by a Taliban spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi, who said the fighters had not suffered losses as claimed and people staunchly supported the rebels.
“We cannot make progress if we don’t have the support of people,” said Ahmadi.
Helmand has emerged as the most insecure province of Afghanistan as clashes in various parts of the province have been underway over the past three weeks, with the rebels capturing several areas.
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