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Govt has no strategy to fight Daesh: MPs

Govt has no strategy to fight Daesh: MPs

Jun 22, 2015 - 20:15

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon members on Monday said the government lacked strategy how to deal with threats posed by the so-called Islamic State or Daesh group.

Speaking at the general session, these lawmakers warned that security situation would further deteriorate if the government did not pay heed to the prevailing situation.

The self-styled Islamic State group is comprised of Chechen, Uzbek, Tajik and Arab fighters. The group emerged last winter in Helmand, Farah, Kunar and Logar provinces and is said to be active in Badakhshan, Kunduz and Nangarhar.

Farooq Majrooh, a lawmaker from Herat province, said: “Daesh presence expands day by day. If their recruitment completes, they would also start mounting attacks coming winter or next spring.”

He accused government officials of negligence, saying currently only the Talibaninfo-icon fought against the government, but another group would join them after some time.

Obaidullah Barakzai from Uruzgan province expressed concerns about the security situation, saying the government had no strategy to fight Daesh.

He claimed earlier a Daesh fighter would receive $500 per month, but now they were paid $800 each.

He said roads to some Uruzgan districts had been closed by insurgents for the last 50 days, sending food prices soaring in Charchino, Khas Uruzgan and Gezab districts.

Maulviinfo-icon Abdul Rahman Rahmani, an MP from northern Balkh province, claimed Daesh was a project aimed at destroying Afghanistaninfo-icon. He urged the government to take action before it was too late.

Gen. Nazifa Zaki, another lawmaker, said: “Dasht-i-Archi district of Kunduz has fallen to Taliban and Kunduz capital is in danger of falling, if Kunduz falls then the whole north will fall.”

Dasht-i-Archi district fell to insurgents on Monday morning.

MP Eng. Kamal said 57 army soldiers and 13 local police personnel had been surrounded by insurgents around Dasht-i-Archi district for the last four days. If not rescued, he warned, the government would be responsible for their deaths.


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