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Ismail Khan hits out at US for sidelining jihadi leaders

Ismail Khan hits out at US for sidelining jihadi leaders

Feb 16, 2016 - 13:05

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Former jihadiinfo-icon commander Mohammad Ismail Khan on Tuesday warned the security situation could worsen if the government did not reform in the framework for Afghan forces.

Speaking at a ceremony marking the 27th anniversary of the Soviet military withdrawal from Afghanistaninfo-icon in Herat City, Khan hit out at the US policy towards Afghanistan.

Resentful at mujahidin’s marginalisation, the former energy minister claimed the war in Afghanistan had intensified despite the presence of foreign forces over the past one decade and a half.

The current situation had resulted in abject poverty in Afghanistan, forcing a large number of youth to vote with their feet and seek asylum in foreign countries.

“We have repeatedly criticised the continuation of war and poor governance in Afghanistan; we have already floated suggestions to Afghan leaders and foreign generals, but they paid no attention,” he alleged.

Khan linked increased civilian casualties in 2015 to weak governance. He warned the situation could deteriorate further if the framework for the Afghan security forces was not reformed.

He suggested the government ensure security in the country or implement the suggestions it had received from jihadi leaders. Khan insisted peace talks should be led by real representatives of Afghanistan.

Former provincial council head Syed Waheed Qatalialso hit out at the government for its poor performance. He claimed the mujahidin had always in line with Allah’s commands and people’s aspirations.

“We have no fear about the future because we have nothing to us to lose. We are worried by increasing insecurity. Businessmen are under threat and villages are falling to terrorists. We cannot tolerate this,” he concluded.



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