‘Poor leadership behind Helmand insecurity’
LASHKARGHA (Pajhwok): Some residents and local officials in southern Helmand province believed weak leadership and inappropriate planning of government helped the Taliban to make progress and stretch fighting in the restive province.
Heavy clashes between security forces and the Taliban were under over the past few months and the Taliban captured most areas while security forces only had control over the district centres and facilities of security institution in some districts.
Scores of families have been displaces from the war affected areas and were now living without shelter and facing multiple issues.
Abdul Jabbar Qahraman, a lawmaker from Helmand, told Pajhwok Afghan News the government in Kabul did not take effective steps to improved situation in Helmand.
Qahraman, who recently spent months in the province as president’s special security envoy, said Taliban made notable progress in the province and the law and order situation of Helmand was deteriorating with each passing day.
He alleged security officials in the province were not serious about the problems and challenges and aurged that the local officials should use all resources available in the province to improve the security.
“Militants progress in Helmand and other restive provinces of the country showed that government did not had effective planning and there was no coordination and cooperation among different security institutions of the country,” believed Qahraman.
Amir Mohammad Akhunzada, local elder and former governor of Nimroz province, said security situation in Helmand were not good in recent months and government control over most areas was getting weak.
He warned the negative impact of security situation may reach to Kabul unless emergency measures for the improvement of law and order situation were put in place.
Tribal Elder Haji Atiqullah said the Taliban captured most areas, but the government was unable to launch offensive and retake them.
Earlier, the provincial council chief has said Helmand province would continue to face security problems until its leadership was changed.
Karim Khan Atal claimed that security organs lacked coordination in Helmand and security officials were busy in personal affairs.
He said enough security forces and military gear were available in the province, but it was mismanagement that had plunged Helmand into multiple security issues.
“Due to poor leadership, the security forces are under pressure and if the same situation continues, Taliban’s Omari offensive will succeed in Helmand,” the public representative said and warned of increase in insecurities if the leadership was not changed.
Governor Spokesman Umar Zwak acknowledged the deteriorated security situation in the province. He said the Taliban sometimes attacked security check-posts on the outskirts of Lashkargah, the provincial capital.
Zwak, however, said security institutions had been working on a grand plan to launch large scale offensive in the province.
Presidential Deputy Spokesman Dawa Khan Menapal said security issues existed in Helmand and added authorities concerned were preparing a plan to resolve the security issues of the province and improve law and order situation.
He said the President paid special attention to Helman and was in contact with officials on current issues.
Helmand is considered to one of the insecure province in the country. Four district including Musa Kala, Nawzad, Baghran and Deshu were being controlled by the Taliban.
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