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Kunduz City outskirts under Taliban's control: Danishi

Kunduz City outskirts under Taliban's control: Danishi

Feb 09, 2016 - 16:13

KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Acting governor of northers Kunduz province admitted on Tuesday, his last day in office, the outskirts of the provincial capital were under Talibaninfo-icon's control.

During a farewell meeting with elders, provincial council members and civil societyinfo-icon activists, Danishi said he had good memories of interacting with locals.

The outgoing acting governor said he had tried his best to improve the security situation in Kunduz, but senior government officials did not cooperate with him.

“I suggested repeatedly an all-out offensive in areas on the outskirts of Kunduz City, but no one paid any attention to my calls,” he alleged, warning the militants were becoming more powerful.

Danishi warned that Kunduz City would face worse violence than what had happened on September 28, 2015 if a clearing operation was not launched promptly.

Kunduz City fell to the Taliban militants on September 28 after heavy fights between the rebel group and Afghan forces. But the city was recaptured from the militants during a two weeks clearing operation.

Before taking control of the city, the Taliban were active in eight kilometers of the provincial capital, but now they are active from one to five kilometers on the outskirts of the city.

Danishi, having served as deputy governor for the past one decade, was appointed as acting governor of the province after the collapse of Kunduz City.

A day earlier, he told Pajhwok Afghan News: “I have got information that Asadullah Omarkhail, the head of Kunduz peace committee, had been recommended by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as governor of Kunduz.”

Omarkhail has been serving as head of Kunduz peace committee since 2010.

Provincial council head, Mohammad Yousuf Ayobi, called the performance of Danishi commendable. He hoped the new governor would focus on improving security in the province.

He said Asadullah Omarkhail was a jihadi man and had better information about Kunduz province.

A civil society activist Inauyatullah Khaliq said security problems in Kunduz City were on the increase -- a situation that needed to be tackled on a priority basis.

He said Kunduz City residents would face more problems if a clearing operation was not launched there as soon as possible. Before the fall of the city, Mohammad Omar Safi was serving as governor .


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