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Heightened insurgency aimed to halt Helmand uplift: Ghani

Heightened insurgency aimed to halt Helmand uplift: Ghani

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Nov 07, 2015 - 15:17

KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said the objective behind insecurity in southern Helmand province was to halt the implementation of development projects there.

Ghani expressed the view at a meeting with members of the Grand Council of Kandahar at the Presidential Palace late on Friday, a statement from his office said on Saturday.

Council members Mohammad Ayub Rafiqi, Sher Mohammad Akhundzada, Malem Mir Wali, Abdul Jabbar Qahraman, Mohammad Hashim Alokozai and Abdul Wadood Popal briefed the president on security challenges in the province, the statement added.

After hearing their suggestions, Ghani lauded the unity among the council members and appreciated their unanimous policy on Helmand, as indeed the entire country.

He called Helmand an important province for every Afghan, saying the enemy did not want to see mega projects such as gas pipelines, railway tracks and electricity schemes, implemented there.

Ghani suggested a delegation involving the council members to visit Helmand to evaluate the overall situation there.He asked the delegation to contact him through a video conference in case of need.

High-ranking security officials, including acting Defence Minister Masoom Stanikzai, were also present during the meeting.

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