‘150 Helmand security posts vacated without resistance’
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The governor of southern Helmand on Saturday said security forces vacated 150 posts to Taliban militants without any resistance after some powerful individuals asked them to do so.
Hayatullah Hayat, at a meeting with tribal elders, said most of the security forces, particularly police, were being controlled by some powerful figures who could order them for any action.
He added 10,000 Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel stationed in Helmand were residents of other provinces but the same numbers of police were local residents.
The governor said police had vacated 112 posts and ANA forces 38 posts to Taliban in Helmand during the past two months without putting up any resistance.
“If these forces were national, they would have listened to the governor and their commander, we are tired of telling them not to do this and that, but they ignore us and do what those who have appointed them say,” he said.
Hayat did not name anyone but said problems in Helmand would not resolve until security forces were nationalized.
The governor said they had been planning to resolve security related problems in districts near Lashkargah and extend operations to northern regions until the coming winter, but the plan could not be materialized because security forces on their own allowed the Taliban to enter Lashkargah City.
He warned forces leaving their posts to Taliban without resistance would be referred to the attorneys and awarded severe punishment.
A number of security personnel who had stolen weapons and other equipment from posts and brought them to Lashkargah would be also held accountable, he added.
A police official, who wished not to be named, told Pajhwok that ANA forces left behind 23 containers of military equipment and food to the Taliban in Garamsir without any resistance.
“Police forces also in Garamsir, Nad Ali and some other areas had left areas to Taliban without a response,” the source said.
A 215th Maiwand Military Corps official in Helmand said four officers had been detained over negligence in Garamsir.
Provincial police chief Brig. Gen. Aqa Noor Kintoz said corruption mafia groups, drug smugglers and powerful individuals were creating problems for police.
He said he had begun reforming police and a number of officers involved in arbitrary actions had also been detained.
Some police officials stole equipment from police posts that led to a number of posts falling to Taliban, he said.
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