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Taliban’s influence, insecurity grow in Balkh

Taliban’s influence, insecurity grow in Balkh

Aug 18, 2019 - 19:29

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Local representatives and residents in northern Balkh province accuse the provincial government of discrimination and failing to address insecurity and threats people face.

They claim the security situation in Balkh province is deteriorating with each passing day and no steps are being taken to improve the situation.

Lawmaker Gul Rahman Hamdard told Pajhwok Afghan News a number of Balkh districts faced insecurity and threats.

He said the people of Balkh were treated unfairly during the past 18 year and as a result the gap between the government and the people widened.

“The reason behind insecurity in Balkh is government’s unfair treatment with its people and not addressing the causes of insecurity,” said Hamdard.

He said due to insecurity most people in the province told him they preferred peace over elections.

The Chahar Bolak district, 40 kilometres from Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital, has been the scene of heavy fighting in recent months.

Rahmatullah Bahrami, head of the Chahar Bolak district development council, said only the district administration building and police headquarters were under the government’s control.

The Balkh district, which was considered a relatively peaceful area in the past, recently witnessed insecurity and fighting.

Mohammad Esa, a resident of Balkh district, said the situation there deteriorated recently, with most of the people fleeing homes.

Civil societyinfo-icon activist Jalaluddin Sherzad expressed concern over recent clashes in Balkh and said the insecurity might reach Mazar-i-Sharif. He said the residents wanted security and peace nothing else.

Police spokesman Adil Shah Adil said that security forces had launched operations in Chamtal, Sholgar and Kashindi districts.

He said over 40 Talibaninfo-icon have been killed and injured in the past two days during military offensives.

He acknowledged Taliban influence had increased in Balkh but at the same time claimed they had thwarted multiple Taliban’s plans.

He assured the residents to address all their issues related to security and instability in the province.

He also said local authorities had no discriminatory policy and it dealt all people on equal basis. Adil said security forces in Balkh were ready to secure next month’s presidential elections.

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