Regional spy-networks behind unrest in Helmand: Governor
LASHKARGHA (Pajhwok): Regional intelligence networks have been tasked to support Taliban capture some areas of southern Helmand province to sabotage government development programmes, an official claimed on Thursday.
Governor Hayatullah Hayat said this during a gathering marking Afghanistan’s 97th Independence Day here.
He said the Taliban planned to capture most parts of Helmand province and establish their networks here. According to the governor the insurgents staged strong attacks in the last couple of weeks but were pushed back by security forces.
He claimed Pakistan wanted to transfer the Quetta Shura here to Helmand province so that from one side the province would become the Taliban hub and from another side Islamabad would no more face the criticism for being supportive of Taliban and host of the Taliban Quetta Shura.
He said the Taliban closed schools, halt development projects, destroyed bridges with bombs and killed youth for being cooperative with the government in areas the group recently captured.
The governor hailed security forces courage, bravery and sacrifices they rendered for the motherland.
He asked the insurgents to renounce violence and join the reconciliation process and told the regional countries they would not reach to their goals in Helmand.
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