Hesarak security improves after military operation
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The security situation in the Hesarak district of eastern Nangarhar province has improved following a military operation against militants, the district chief said on Monday.
Malako Khan told Pajhwok Afghan News during an interview that after the Afghan National Army’s special operation in Hesarak, local, national and public order police had returned and as a result the situation had improved.
He said the security of the road leading to Hesarak from Sarobi district of Kabul had been ensured, which had a great impact on the district’s security scenario.
“The security situation of Hesarak was linked to security on the Sarobi road.”
He said the failure to dispatch logistics and other supplies to the town in-time brought the district to the verge of collapse and if the Sarobi road remained open, the district’s security situation would never deteriorate.
The official said all district government officials had resumed attending offices, but structures of most of the public sector offices had been damaged.
To a question about health services, Malako Khan said the district clinic building had been destroyed and he had informed the provincial governor about it.
He said he had urged the governor to reconstruct the clinic building on a priority basis and the governor had promised to do so.
Nangarhar deputy public health director Dr. Muqaddisa Miraj also confirmed the health clinic in Hesarak had been closed as a result of the conflict.
She told Pajhwok Afghan News they had launched efforts and the clinic would be reopened to public soon.
Tribal elders in the town also said the security situation had improved compared to the past, but said more efforts were required to further improve the situation.
A Jabbarkhel tribe elder in Hesarak, Mohammad Naeem Walar, said the security situation in the district improved following the arrival of new district chief and security forces.
He said the security situation had been of great concern for the past four months, but now hopes for improvement had raised and it was expected the situation would return to complete normalcy soon.
Walar suggested the district chief should come close to local residents and listen to their problems and improve cooperation with them, otherwise the district would once again teeter on the brink of collapse.
Another elder from Maroof tribe, Attaullah Khan, also acknowledged the security situation in Hesarak had improved.
“Shops have opened in the district bazaar which remained deserted for fourth months, but our demand is that those suffered financial losses in the bazaar due to the conflict should be compensated.”
Maj. Sherin Aqa Faqiri, the 201 Selab Military Corps spokesman in the east, security in the Hesarak district was strengthened as a resent of the commando operation.
He said the military was still busy conducting search operations in the district and had so far cleared several villages of the town from insurgents.
The provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Zarawar Zahid, was killed in a bomb attack on his vehicle in Hesarak district on the eve of Eidul Adha.
About 20 days ago, the Taliban launched group attacks on the district about 70km from Jalalabad, the provincial capital, and the clashes lasted four days.
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